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Wenhui (文 晖) Award for Educational Innovation 2014

Innovation in Lifelong Learning: Bridging to the Future

© UNESCO / Molly Lee

No one doubts the power of education. Educate mothers, and you empower women and save children’s lives. Educate communities, and you transform societies and grow economies, noted Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO.

Also, no one will dispute that learning is a lifelong process. Preparing children and young people for life in the 21st century does not stop just because they reach a certain age or are “done” with school. Young and old alike need to learn and adapt when confronted by increasing globalization, changing socio-economic trends and demands, transnational political and environmental realities, and new technologies at any age.

Accordingly, UNESCO’s vision of education underlines a broad perspective to support flexible lifelong and life-wide learning opportunities through multiple pathways, and harnessing the potential of information and communication technology (ICT) to create a new culture of learning as and when appropriate.

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 2014, the theme of the Wenhui Award is Innovation in Lifelong Learning: Bridging to the Future in line with UNESCO’s vision of education and the post-2015 education agenda to underscore the importance of learning throughout life for human fulfilment, peace, sustainable development, economic growth, gender equality and responsible global citizenship. The Award will also recognize the potential of ICT to support lifelong learning now and in the future.

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 2014 will be eligible for the Award.

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

  • have helped to promote and enhance lifelong learning for now and in the future;

  • improved the quality of teaching and learning in enhancing lifelong learning;

  • fostered indigenous wisdom and ingenuity, as well 21st century knowledge and technology, in educational innovations for lifelong learning.

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 through the National Commissions for UNESCO, UNESCO Offices and other organizations associated with UNESCO, using an official Award Application Form available here (word,170kb).

More details about the Award, including the list of UNESCO offices and associated institutions, evaluation criteria, application process and conditions of entry, are available in the box on the right.

Important dates:

  • Closing date for nominations: 30 June 2014

  • Selection of shortlisted nominations: Mid-August 2014

  • Final selection and announcement of winners: End of September 2014

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