Paris, – The 2016 UNESCO-King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa Prize recognized two outstanding projects that make innovative use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in education for the benefit of disadvantaged groups.
It will be awarded on 21 February to the online school project, operated by Jaago Foundation in rural Bangladesh, and to harnessing the power of ICTs in higher education, run by the German NGO Kiron that serves displaced persons, according to press statement released by the organization itself.
The theme for this year’s prize recognizes the urgent need to respond to major obstacles that lie in the path of the most vulnerable populations with regard to equitable and inclusive access to quality education and lifelong learning.
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, will present each winner with a prize certificate and $25,000 in a ceremony at UNESCO headquarters, held under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Jaago Foundation reaches underprivileged children in rural areas of Bangladesh through the online school program that provides learners with high-quality courses through interactive video-conferencing. Instruction, covering English, Bengali, and mathematics, as well as natural and social sciences, is delivered by highly trained teachers based in the capital. With 1,061 annual beneficiaries, Jaago Foundation aims to help bridge the educational quality gap between urban and rural students in Bangladesh.
Kiron, a German-based NGO, is committed to ensuring equitable access to quality education for refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people. It carries out this work through its Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) project. (QNA)
Source: Qatar News Agency