FYI. Note the winner in Mozambique, Associação PROGRESSO, "places
great importance on the use of local culture and languages in all of
its learning materials," which presumably means attention at some
point to literacy in multiple tongues.
(Sorry I'm a little slow on catching up with & forwarding this
2005 UNESCO Literacy Prize winners announced - United Nations
Literacy Decade (2003-2012)
24-06-2005 4:00 pm Literacy projects in Mozambique, Spain and Sudan
are the winners of the 2005 UNESCO Literacy prizes, announced today
by the Organization's Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura. The two
US$15,000 UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prizes, have been awarded to
the AULA Cultural Association and GOAL, a humanitarian organization
working in Sudan. The winner of the US$15,000 UNESCO International
Reading Association Literacy Prize is the Associação PROGRESSO, a
non-governmental organization working for community development in
An international jury, appointed by the Director-General, selected
the laureats from among 45 nominations.
The AULA Cultual Association, a neighbourhood movement in Palma de
Mallorca, was chosen for the way its education activities have been
tailored to suit a range of social groups, particilarly women,
immigrants from Africa and south and east Europe, and young people
without school qualifications or in danger of social exclusion. The
jury praised AULA for its "active, flexible communication-based
educational programmes to foster development, intercultural
understanding and citizenship."
GOAL Sudan was selected for its Women's Literacy Programme in
Displaced Communities in Sudan. The programme has helped thousands of
war-displaced illiterate women to improve family welfare and
community recovery, reduce their level of illiteracy and enable
vulnerable families and communities to better meet their needs. It
assists groups in identifying problems and taking basic actions such
as road maintenance, creation of local markets and small shops in
isolated areas, or the establishment of nursery schools, as well as
developing income generating activities for households.
In Mozambique, the Associação PROGRESSO, has designed and
implemented a literacy programme aimed at empowering communities,
structures and networks in the provinces of Niassa and Cabo Delgado,
by providing knowledge, skills and resources. The non-governmental
organization places great importance on the use of local culture and
languages in all of its learning materials. It has also provided
training for writers, editors and printers to ensure ongoing
production of materials in these languages and to encourage its
learners to continue reading.
The winners will receive their prizes on September 8, International
The UNESCO prizes are awarded annually in recognition of particularly
effective contributions to the fight against illiteracy, one of
UNESCO's priorities. They call attention to the efforts of thousands
of men and women who devote themselves year after year to advancing
the cause of literacy for all.
* The International Reading Association Literacy Award was founded in
1979 thanks to the International Reading Association.
**The two US $15,000 King Sejong Literacy Prizes were created in 1989
through the generosity of the government of the Republic of Korea.