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UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education 2020: Call for Nominations

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted April 6, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on May 25, 2020
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The UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education honours 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.

Eligibility Criteria
1. Nominations can be made by Governments of UNESCO Member States via their Permanent Delegations to UNESCO, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO. Nominations must focus on an established project or programme of the candidate specifically advancing girls’ and women’s education;
2. Governments of UNESCO Member States and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO are now invited to nominate up to three individuals, institutions or organizations who have made strong, innovative contributions in favour of girls’ and women’s education.

The nominations will only be considered if the project/programme:
1. Has a clear focus on advancing girls’ and women’s education, and the promotion of gender equality in and through education, and contributes to one or more of the five priority areas of the Prize:
a) supporting girls to transition from primary education to lower-secondary education and to complete full basic education;
b) supporting adolescent girls and young women to acquire literacy skills;
c) supporting the creation of a gender-responsive and safe teaching-learning environment
d) engaging teachers to be change agents with gender-responsive teaching attitudes and practices;
e) supporting girls and women to acquire knowledge/skills for life and work;
2. Has already been running for at least two years; and
3. Shows evidence that it may be replicable, scalable and/or provide significant learning potential for initiatives in other contexts.

Selection Criteria
> Impact: The project/programme’s impact should be qualitatively and/or quantitatively measureable, and deliver tangible results relative to the invested resources;
> Innovation: The project/programme stimulates, and/or draws on, innovative approaches advancing girls’ and women’s education;
> Sustainability: The project/programme has taken steps, ideally from its design or implementation phases, to ensure it will have a lasting impact on girls’ and women’s education beyond the project lifecycle.

The two Prize laureates will:
> be selected by UNESCO’s Director-General on the basis of recommendations made by the independent International Jury of the UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education, consisting of five experts from all geographical regions;
> receive the award at an official ceremony on 11 October 2020 as part of International Day of the Girl Child celebrations.

Utilize This Offer

Nominations are now open for the 2020 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education.

Nominations must be submitted in English or French via an online platform, accessible only to Permanent Delegations to UNESCO and NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Apr 06
Apr 06

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6; Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too! They will enlighten and inspire your network.

Jill Langhus
Apr 08
Apr 08

Thanks, Ana.