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Wenhui (文 晖) Award for Educational Innovation 2013 Educational Innovation for Cultural Expression: Call for nominations

The Wenhui (文 晖) Award for Educational Innovation, established by the National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO, and coordinated by the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID), aims to recognize the contributions of educators and institutions which have optimized the potential of education and the human innovative spirit to address and resolve pressing issues and problems facing our world today

For 2013, the theme of the Wenhui Award is Educational Innovation for Cultural Expression to emphasize the importance of values, traditions and practices being transmitted from one generation to another through a variety of expressions including, but not limited to, visual arts, performing arts, tangible and intangible culture and heritage, indigenous knowledge and crafts in formal and non-formal education, community-based initiatives, adult/continuing education projects, and so on.

Two individuals or institutions from the Asia and Pacific region will be selected by a jury of distinguished educators. The winners will each receive a Certificate of Excellence and prize money of US$ 20,000 at the China Hangzhou International Conference on Educational Innovations. Certificates of Merit may also be awarded to individuals or institutions that have demonstrated commendable innovative practices.

Who is eligible for the Award?

Individuals or institutions in UNESCO Member States in Asia and the Pacific region which have designed and implemented significant educational innovations leading to improved access to, and quality in, education in relation to the theme for 2013 will be eligible for the Award.

More specifically, the Jury will be looking for educational innovations that have:

  • helped to promote and enhance the expressions of diverse cultures;

  • improved the quality of teaching and learning in enhancing the expressions of cultures;

  • fostered indigenous wisdom and ingenuity in educational innovations.

How to apply for the Award?

Applications can be submitted by government agencies, educational institutions, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and individuals in UNESCO Member States in the Asia and Pacific region. All applications should reach the Award Secretariat at UNESCO Bangkok by 1 July 2013 through the National Commissions for UNESCO, UNESCO Offices and other organizations associated with UNESCO, using an official Award Application Form available online at the Award website.

More details about the Award, including the list of UNESCO offices and associated institutions, evaluation criteria, application process and conditions of entry, are available at the Award website:

Important dates

Closing date for nominations                             1 July 2013

Selection of shortlisted nominations                   Mid-August 2013

Final selection and announcement of winners     End of September 2013

For further information, contact:

Wenhui Award Secretariat
UNESCO Bangkok
920 Sukhumvit Road, Prakanong
Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Tel: (66-2) 391-0577
Fax: (66-2) 391-0866