Photo: Mexico's Institute for Educating Adults Recognized
The theme of the 2011 UNESCO International Literacy prizes is literacy and peace, with special consideration to gender equality.
Prizewinners include programs in Burundi, Mexico, the United States of America, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, with honourable mentions to programmes in Pakistan and the Philippines.
The UNESCO International Literacy Prizes are awarded every year in recognition of excellence and innovation in literacy throughout the world.
The prizes will be awarded at an official ceremony on 8 September 2011 during International Literacy Day celebrations in New Delhi, India. Each prize consists of US$20,000, a medal and a diploma.
The “Bilingual Literacy for Life” program of the Institute for the Education of Adults in Mexico has won one of the two awards of the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize. The program was recognized for its impact in reducing illiteracy among indigenous peoples, especially women; for improving indigenous people’s ability to exercise their rights and for providing a strong example to other multicultural and multilingual communities and countries in attaining social cohesion.