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The Teachers Service Commission, TSC, has urged teachers to apply for the 2019 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)-
Hamdan Prize.

The UNESCO-Hamdan Prize is awarded every two years to support projects aimed at improving performance and effectiveness of teachers. A prize of USD 300,000 (About Kshs 30, 0 00000) is divided between three winners.

Below is the information card from the awarding organizations;

‘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.

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 sixth time at a ceremony that will take place during World Teachers’ Day celebrations at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 5 October 2020.

The deadline for submitting applications for the 2019-2020 Prize is 31 October 2019 (midnight, Paris time). Applications are to be emailed to: [email protected] (link sends e-mail) with the mention in the subject “UNESCO-Hamdan Prize application”.

To submit an application, please download the guide, the application form and the nomination form.

The Secretariat of the Prize stands ready to provide you with any additional information that you may require (tel.: +33 1 45 68 23 22 – fax: + 33 1 45 68 56 26; e-mail: teacherprize(a)

About Hamdan Award

The “Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for the Distinguished Academic Performance” is UNESCO’s partner for the establishment of the Prize. It was created in March 1998 by His H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler and the United Arab Emirates Minister of Finance & Industry, the donor of the UNESCO-Hamdan Prize.

The Hamdan Award seeks to improve the quality of the educational system and encourages initiatives, innovation and excellence in all literary and scientific domains. Initially limited in scope to Dubai, the Award was expanded to cover all the Emirates, and then the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries through the award called Best Applied Education Research in the Arab Nation.

The Award Sponsor also issued directives to create “The National Centre for The Gifted and The Distinguished”, which is affiliated to the Award. The Centre is also a member of the “World Council for Gifted & Talented Children”.

The gradual expansion of the scope of the Award reached the international level when the Donor approached UNESCO for establishing the “UNESCO-Hamdan Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers” in 2008.’


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