UNESCO-Hamdan Prize for Teacher Development
The Call for Applications and Nominations for the eighth edition of the UNESCO-Hamdan Prize for Teacher Development is now open. The UNESCO-Hamdan Prize for Teacher Development was created in 2008 to support the improvement of teaching and learning quality in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education, which is one of UNESCO’s priorities. Awarded every two years, the Prize is generously supported by the Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance (Hamdan Foundation).
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The Hamdan Foundation was established in 1998 by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance of the United Arab Emirates. The Foundation targets educational excellence and the sponsorship of giftedness and innovation, to improve educational performance at all levels and sectors, honoring all groups and relevant authorities in the education sector and institutions, as well as the individuals who provide outstanding achievements and creations.
The Prize amounts to US $300,000, which is equally divided between three winners whose projects aim at improving worldwide the performance and effectiveness of teachers worldwide. The winners are selected by an International Jury composed of five distinguished professionals chosen for their high-level of knowledge and experience in teacher-related issues.
Funded by the Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance, the prize is awarded every two years and aims to reward innovative practices that contribute to enhancing the quality of teaching and learning around the world.
The Prize of US$300,000 is divided between the three laureates. Candidates should be institutions, organizations and educational or research institutes working to enhance the performance and effectiveness of teachers.
Applications are to be submitted in English or French by 31 October 2023 at midnight (Paris time, GMT+1) via a dedicated online platform. For more information on the nomination and application processes, please see the brochure of the Call for Nominations and Applications and the Revised Statutes of the UNESCO-Hamdan Prize.
UNESCO-Hamdan Prize for Teacher Development
- Who can nominate?
Governments of UNESCO Member States via their National Commissions and NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO can make up to five nominations. Self-nominations are not accepted.
- Who can be nominated?
Institutions or organizations involved in teaching and learning, including governmental or non-governmental organizations, educational or research institutions.
- Selection criteria
The projects must have made a significant contribution to enhancing teaching and learning, demonstrating innovation, producing teaching materials, mobilizing initiatives, and strengthening coordination and research in the field of education. The project should be in line with UNESCO’s principles and objectives in this field:
- by demonstrating innovation aimed at promoting the quality and effectiveness of teaching;
- by producing teaching materials or other special aids designed for the development of innovative teaching and learning;
- by mobilizing initiatives and/or means likely to contribute to enhancing the quality and effectiveness of teaching;
- by strengthening coordination and research that inform and enhance teacher quality and effectiveness.
In addition to the conditions described above, the project must:
- have been implemented for at least three years, so its results can be evaluated and its effectiveness verified;
- represent an outstanding contribution to the fundamental objectives of UNESCO and the UN in the field of quality education for sustainable development;
- be such that it can be reproduced elsewhere and is likely to foster similar initiatives;
- Have shown itself to be effective in mobilizing new intellectual and material resources.
- How to nominate a project?
Projects may obtain a nomination letter by contacting the National Commission for UNESCO of their country or an NGO maintaining official relations with UNESCO to request it. Nominating bodies may also identify nominees and send them a nomination letter.
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- How to apply?
Candidates must register online by filling in an expression of interest form. Eligible candidates will receive an invitation link via email to access the online applications platform, where they must fill in and submit their official application form, which includes uploading their nomination letter. They can register online.
Application Deadline: 31 October 2023