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Wenhui (文 晖) Award for Educational Innovation 2012: Call for nominations

Innovation in Education for Sustainable Development 

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 2012, the theme of the Award, Innovation in Education for Sustainable Development, focuses on innovations in education that have led to noticeable changes in values, mindsets, behaviours and practices in line with the concept and principles of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

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 that have designed and implemented significant educational innovations leading to improved access to, and quality in, education in relation to the theme for 2012 will be eligible for the Award.

How to apply for the Award?

Application is by nominations only from governments, educational institutions, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and individuals in UNESCO Member States in the Asia and Pacific region. All nominations shall be submitted to 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 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                             8 June 2012
  • Selection of shortlisted nominations                   24 August 2012
  • Final selection and announcement of winners      14 September 2012

Our challenge, our generation's unique challenge, is learning to live peacefully and sustainably in an extraordinarily crowded world.

Jeffrey Sachs 

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