UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development, 2021 Awarded to Lau
World Vision Ghana- a literacy project in Ghana-, Media Development Center, Birzeit University- a program on media for social change in Palestine, Kusi Kawsay School, Peru, an initiative for the protection of indigenous cultures in Peru will be awarded this year’s UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development at a ceremony on 19 November (1.30 pm), during the 41st session of the General Conference of UNESCO. Funded by the Government of Japan, the Prize rewards exceptional projects and programs on education for sustainable development undertaken by institutions, organizations, or other entities in the field of ESD to generate and scale up action at all levels of education and learning, and contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
World Vision Ghana was chosen for its “Unlock Literacy Project (UL)”, which promotes a holistic approach to the development of literacy focusing on critical thinking, a core competency for sustainability. The project aims to empower children at the primary level to think critically about local issues and take action, as well as to make reading exciting through multi-lingual education.
The Media Development Center of the Birzeit University in Palestine views media as an integral part of social change and sustainable development and as a means to empower women and men living in marginalized communities with the skills to participate in public life. The project “Media and Information Literacy for Sustainable Societies” aims at developing media and information literacy through practical learning-by-doing and training through dialogue.
In remote areas of the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru, Kusi Kawsay Andean School & Ñawpa Ñan Cultural Events have been promoting the protection and preservation of indigenous people’s rights, culture, values, and livelihoods over the last decade. Based on Waldorf pedagogy, the project is recognized for addressing many key elements of education for sustainable development, namely respect for indigenous and local culture and values that promote human dignity, community-based approaches, and action to respond to global challenges.