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2010 UNESCO Literacy Prize winners announced

07-29-2010 14:05 BJT

PARIS, July 28 (Xinhua) -- The Paris-based UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced Wednesday the winners of the 2010 Literacy Prize, mainly commended by Confucius Prize for Literacy and King Sejong Literacy Prize.

The UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy, supported by the People's Republic of China, consists of two awards. One is won by the Non-Formal Education Center in Nepal for its remarkably effective National Literacy Campaign, and the other by the Governorate of Ismailia in Egypt for its program Females for Families.

One of two UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prizes, supported by the Republic of Korea, went to the General Directorate of Adult Training in Cape Verde.

According to UN data, the African country's training center, focusing on women education, has brought down the national illiteracy rate from 60 percent to 20 percent between 1974 and 2005.

The second award of the King Sejong Literacy Prize is conferred to the State Institute for Teacher Training and School Development in Hamburg, Germany for the Family Literacy Project.

Additionally, the UN educational organization laureated the Honorable Mention of the Confucius Prize to the Coalition of Women Farmers in Malawi and the North Catholic University Foundation in Antioquia, Colombia.

The annual UNESCO International Literacy Prizes is awarded to honor excellence and innovation in promoting literacy throughout the world. This year's award ceremony will take place at UNESCO headquarters on International Literacy Day, which falls on Sept. 8.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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