[AAACE-NLA] UNESCO literacy prize winners 2007
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UNESCO announces winners of 2007 Literacy Prize
16 July 2007 - The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO) today announced five winners - from China, the United
States, Nigeria, Senegal and Tanzania - of this year's Literacy Prizes.
The honours are awarded yearly to recognize particularly effective efforts
made in the fight against illiteracy, one of UNESCO's priorities, and raise
awareness of the work of thousands worldwide promoting the cause of literacy
The laureates were proclaimed by UNESCO's Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura
on the recommendation of an international jury.
This theme for this year's Prize was "Literacy and Health," especially
literacy pertaining to general health care, nutrition, family and
reproductive health and health-related community development.
A literacy centre - the Community Education Administration Centre - in
Longsheng Ethnic Minority Autonomous County in a remote, rural and
mountainous region of China with a high illiteracy rate among women,
received the UNESCO International Reading Association Literacy Prize.
Two organizations received the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prizes, which
were established in 1989 by the Government of the Republic of Korea. One
honouree is the Tanzanian non-governmental organization (NGO) the
Children's Book Project, which works to develop a solid reading culture.
Through production of books in Kiswahili and the training of teachers,
writers, publishers and illustrators, it promotes a reading culture among
young people and adults.
The other recipient of the UNESCO King Sejong Literary Prize is Tostan, an
organization in Senegal working with rural communities in the West African
country. Seeking to empower women and communities, the project also deals
with reproductive health, female genital mutilations and human rights.
In 2005, the Government of China established the UNESCO Confucius Prize for
Literacy, and this year's two recipients are from the US and Nigeria.
Reach out and Read is a US organization working in concert with health care
in areas such as urban health centres, neighbourhood clinics, hospitals and
public health departments. It aims to reach low-income children most at risk
of school failure by encouraging reading by offering literacy guidance to
The Family Re-orientation Education and Empowerment (FREE) from Nigeria also
received the Confucius Prize. It is an NGO furthering community development
through programmes aimed especially at women and girls.
The CODEF Adult Education Centre, a Spanish NGO, was awarded an Honourable
Mention of the UNESCO International Reading Association Literacy Prize for
its encouragement of critical thinking and its promotion of relationships
through dialogue through its Education of Disadvantaged Groups initiative
which also addressing migrants.
The winners will receive their awards at a ceremony on 10 September in
Bamako, Mali, during the African Regional Conference in Support of Global
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