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USD $50,000 Grant for Individuals and Organizations working to advance Girls’ and Women’s Education

Deadline: 11 May 2018

Organizations, Individuals, and Institutions working to advance the education of women and girls can be nominated for this opportunity that honors the winners with laureates and provides funding of up to USD $50,000.

USD $50,000 Grant for Individuals and Organizations working to advance Girls' and Women's Education

Announced on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, the UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education honors outstanding and innovative contributions made by individuals, institutions, and organizations to advance girls’ and women’s education. It is the first UNESCO Prize of this nature and is unique in showcasing successful projects that improve and promote the educational prospects of girls and women and in turn, the quality of their lives.

Funded by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, the Prize has conferred annually to two laureates and consists of an award of USD 50,000 each to help further their work in the area of girls’ and women’s education. The Director-General of UNESCO awarded the Prize for the first time in 2016.

The laureates of the Prize are selected on the basis of recommendations made by an independent International Jury. The project/programme of the nominee will be assessed by the Jury based on these selection criteria.

Impact

The project/programme’s impact should be qualitatively and/or quantitatively measurable, and deliver tangible results relative to the invested resources. This can include demonstrable changes in: (1) attitudes, beliefs and practices toward gender equality; (2) girls’ educational participation, attendance, completion and learning outcomes; and/or (3) other relevant parameters to advance girls’ and women’s education.

Innovation

The project/programme is stimulating, and/or drawing on, innovative practices advancing girls’ and women’s education. This includes new ways of working and transformative “out-of-the-box” thinking and actions. The project/programme can demonstrate innovation in terms of: (1) the themes covered; (2) the methodology employed; (3) the channels used to create change for girls and women; and/or (4) other aspects.

Sustainability

The project/programme has taken steps, ideally from its design or implementation phases, to ensure it will have a lasting impact beyond the project lifecycle. This may include efforts to ensure the: (1) continuation of local action; (2) institutionalization of project components; and (3) generation of further initiatives.

Additional criteria

The project/programme should already be running for at least 2 years and show evidence that it may be replicable, scalable and/or provide significant learning potential for initiatives in other contexts. It should also contribute to one or more of the 5 Priority Action Areas of the Prize.

  1. Basic education: support girls/adolescent girls to transition from primary education to lower-secondary education and completion of a full basic education
  2. Literacy: support adolescent girls and young women to acquire literacy skills
  3. Learning environments: support the creation of a gender-responsive and safe teaching-learning environment, free of school-related gender-based violence
  4. Teachers: engage female and male teachers to develop gender-responsive teaching attitudes and practices and be change agents
  5. World of work: support adolescent girls and young women to acquire knowledge and skills to adequately transition from school to work and lead a fulfilling life

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