UNESCO Hamdan Prize for the effectiveness of teachers

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The UNESCO-Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers was created in 2008 to support the improvement of teaching and learning quality in achieving the Education for All goals, which is one of UNESCO’s priorities.

Awarded every two years, the Prize is generously supported by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates. It amounts to US $300,000, which is equally divided between three winners whose projects aim at improving worldwide the performance and effectiveness of teachers.


Who is eligible

  • Candidates may be individuals representing institutions or organizations; international ornational governmental or non-governmental organizations (NGOs); educational or researchinstitutions and local/national/regional communities.
  • Applications are not opened to individuals

What is a nominating body?

  • Nominating bodies may be governments of Member States, in consultation with their NationalCommissions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) maintaining official partnershipswith UNESCO.
  • A nominating body may nominate and recommend up to 5 candidates for the Prize.

How to apply?

  • Applications may be submitted in two ways:
    • A candidate shall ask a nominating body to send its application to UNESCO;
    • A nominating body may initiate the process of nominating a candidate and send theapplication to UNESCO.
  • A candidate shall be nominated by no more than one nominating body.
  • Applications must be written either in English or in French only.
  • Unsolicited applications are not taken into consideration/self-nominations cannot beconsidered.