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Wednesday March 7, 2012

Venezuela’s BANCO DEL LIBRO Honored by UN for Supporting Literacy in Latin America

Venezuela’s BANCO DEL LIBRO Honored by UN for Supporting Literacy in Latin America

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Three institutions from Nepal, South Africa and Venezuela will be recognized for supporting and improving teachers’ effectiveness in developing countries, UNESCO announced today.

The Rato Bangala Foundation, the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Schools Enrichment Centre, and the Banco del Libro will be awarded the UNESCO-Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers during a ceremony in Dubai in April.

The three institutions will be recognized for their outstanding work in the education field in developing countries or within marginalized or disadvantaged communities, UNESCO said in a news release.

Venezuela’s Banco del Libro, first established as an exchange center for used books in 1960, promotes reading and children’s literature in Latin America by setting up schools and public libraries. It also created a library network to select and recommend children’s books.

The three institutions will share the $270,000 prize, which is awarded every two years with funding from Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum of Dubai.