Every two years, the UNESCO Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum prize rewards three candidates from around the world who have shown outstanding achievement in enhancing the performance and effectiveness of teachers in developing countries or within marginalized or disadvantaged communities. The prize aims to support, encourage and benefit those working to improve the quality of teaching towards Education for All. It attaches particular importance to outstanding practices in developing countries and aims to facilitate the global sharing of best practices regarding teachers.
The UNESCO-Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers was awarded to The Rato Bangala Foundation (Nepal), The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Schools Enrichment Centre (South Africa) and to The Banco del Libro (Venezuela).
The Rato Bangala Foundation trains teachers to work with children in the under-resourced Dailekh region; The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Schools Enrichment Centre has trained 800 teachers countrywide in mathematical thinking with the aim of raising standards of maths teaching; and The Banco del Libro promotes reading, organizes libraries for schools and the public and develops evaluation tools to recommend books for children.
The Prize Award Ceremony for the 2011-2012 edition took place in Dubai on 24 April 2012, in the presence of the UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova.
Text and image courtesy of UNESCO.
2 May 2012