UNESCO Hamdan Prize for Effective Teachers

Deadline: 31 October 2015
Open to: individuals representing institutions or organizations, international or national non-governmental organizations (NGOs), institutions or local, national and regional communities working to enhance the performance and effectiveness of teachers
Prize: $300 000, which is equally divided between the three winners


International applicants are invited to submit applications for UNESCO-Hamdan Prize supported by H.E. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates. In 2008, the UNESCO-Hamdan Prize was created to support the enhancement of teaching and learning quality in achieving the Education for All goals, which is one of UNESCO’s priorities. The Prize is awarded every two years to three winners whose projects aim at improving the performance and effectiveness of teachers worldwide.

As well as aiming to improve educational practices around the world, it also gives priority to developing countries and to marginalized and disadvantaged communities. The winners of the Prize are projects that have made an outstanding contribution, through their teacher-related activities, to enhancing the quality of teaching and learning. The winners are selected by an International Jury composed of five distinguished professionals chosen for their high-level of knowledge and experience in teacher-related issues.The Prize will be awarded for the 4th time at a ceremony that will take place during World Teachers’ Day celebrations at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 5 October 2016.


The Prize amounts to $300 000, which is equally divided between the three winners.


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


Applications should be postmarked or sent by email to the Secretariat of the Prize by 31 October 2015 (midnight, Paris time).

Nominations (in English or French only) should be sent to the Secretariat by post or email.

UNESCO-Hamdan Prize Secretariat

Division for Teaching, Learning and Content

Section for Learning and Teachers

Education Sector


7 place de Fontenoy

75352 Paris 07 SP, France

Email: teacherprize@unesco.org

To submit a nomination, please download the guide and the application and nomination forms.

The official web-page.

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