Updated Jan 31, 2019CLOSED

UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development

Offered by United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization

The Prize and award winners recognize the role of education in connecting the social, economic, cultural and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.
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CLOSEDApr 30, 2019Deadline

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 4: Transition to Scale, Stage 5: Scaling and Stage 6: Sustained Scale
Implemented in:
RegionLow and Middle Income Countries
Focus AreasEducation

The project/programme of the nominee are assessed by the Jury on the basis of the following criteria:

1) Transformation
The project/programme practices Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) as transformative education in support of sustainable development, leading to individual and social change.
ESD is transformative education in that it empowers learners to transform themselves and the society they live in. The nominated project/programme should therefore enable learners to bring about changes for a more just, peaceful and sustainable world. This can mean, for example, taking action against climate change, changing one’s consumption patterns, developing social entrepreneurship and sustainable livelihoods, or supporting those struggling against poverty.

The project/programme addresses the three dimensions of sustainable development (society, economy, and environment) in an integrated way. Sustainable development calls for the integration of the social, economic and environmental dimensions of development. The nominated project/programme should be in line with this definition of sustainable development. It should address the three dimensions (society, economy, environment), and help learners understand the interdependence between them and act accordingly.

3) Innovation
The project/programme demonstrates an innovative approach to ESD.
Sustainable development requires going beyond ‘business as usual’ and ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking. The nominated project/programme should demonstrate an innovative approach to ESD, be it in the themes it covers, the methodology it employs, or the way the learning environment is designed. Reaching out to sectors beyond education and working with new partners can also be a sign of innovation.
In addition to these three criteria, the project/programme should:
-be ongoing and have been running for at least four years
-have a high impact relative to the invested resources

Other Requirements

Potential for ScaleThe project or program should be replicable and scalableREQUIRED

Application Directions

Nominations can be submitted to the Director-General of UNESCO by Governments of Member States via their Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, and by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO. Each Permanent Delegation or NGO can make up to three nominations for any edition of the Prize. Self-nominations are not accepted.


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