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Wenhui (文 晖) Award

for Educational Innovation 2014

                                                                        Innovation in Lifelong Learning: Bridging to the Future

According to the 2013/14 Education for All Global Monitoring Report, not a single EFA goal will be achieved by the target date in 2015 even though substantial advances have been made. At the same time, the report pointed out that it is not too late to accelerate progress and put into place a robust post-2015 education framework to tackle unfinished business while addressing new challenges.

No one doubts the power of education. Educate mothers, and you empower women and save children’s lives.

Educate communities, and you transform societies and grow economies, noted Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO in the Foreword of the report.

Also, no one will dispute that learning is a lifelong process as there will always be unfinished business and new challenges – this is the nature of growth and development. Preparing children and young people for life in the 21st century does not stop just because they reach a certain age. Adults also need to learn and adapt when confronted by increasing globalization, changing socio-economic trends and demands, transnational political and environmental realities, and new technologies.

UNESCO’s vision of education underlines a broad lifelong learning perspective so that young and old people alike can acquire the knowledge and skills needed to meet their personal expectations for a decent life and work, and in the process contribute to their country’s development; respect human rights and diverse cultures; and be responsible citizens of the world. In fact, lifelong learning is a central principle of UNESCO’s post-2015 education agenda to support flexible lifelong and life-wide learning opportunities through multiple pathways, and harnessing the potential of information and communication technology (ICT) to create a new culture of learning as and when appropriate.

Emphasizing the capacity of education and the human innovative spirit to address and resolve pressing issues and problems, the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID) and

the National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO established the Wenhui (文 晖) Award for Educational Innovation in 2010.

The Wenhui Award embodies two important elements of educational innovation. Wen (文) refers to all facets of civilization and culture, including wisdom, knowledge, moral and ethics, and encompasses the desire for learning and inquiry. Hui (晖) symbolizes the creative and radiant force of education that allows civilization and
culture to flourish. Taken together, the Wenhui Award personifies the power of education in promoting learning and allowing individuals and cultures to innovate and grow. This Award will serve to improve the access to and quality of education and training, especially to those most in need. Given the challenges facing education, it is necessary to strengthen the commitment of individuals and institutions to continuously innovate and enlighten people now and in the future.

For 2014, the theme of the Wenhui Award is Innovation in Lifelong Learning: Bridging to the Future in line with UNESCO’s vision of education and the post-2015 education agenda to underscore the importance of learning throughout life for human fulfilment, peace, sustainable development, economic growth, gender equality and responsible global citizenship. The Award will also recognize the potential of ICT to support lifelong learning now and in the future.

The winners and awardees of Certificates of Merit will be selected by a jury of distinguished educators from the Asia-Pacific region. The results will be announced through a variety of channels to share the achievements of the winners and awardees.

What are the objectives of the Award?
The specific objectives of the Award are to:

• Value and encourage pioneering innovative practices in education that have helped to promote and enhance lifelong learning for now and in the future;
• Recognize the contributions of individuals or institutions which have improved the quality of teaching and learning in enhancing lifelong learning;
• Foster indigenous wisdom and ingenuity, as well 21st century knowledge and technology, in educational innovations for lifelong learning.

What is in the Award?
The Award shall be conferred on two individuals or institutions in recognition of their commitment and outstanding efforts in the development of educational innovations according to the theme of the year. The two winners will receive a Certificate of Excellence and prize money of US$ 20,000 each at the Hangzhou International Conference on Educational Innovations. Certificates of Merit may also be awarded to individuals or institutions that have demonstrated commendable innovative practices.

Who is eligible for the Award?
Individuals or institutions from UNESCO Member States in Asia and the Pacific region that have designed and implemented significant educational innovation leading to improved access to, and quality in, education will be eligible for the Award.

To qualify for nomination for the 2014 Wenhui Award, the candidates shall possess the following qualifications or attributes:
• Have demonstrated their ability in developing innovative practices that have enhanced educational contents, pedagogies, skills and knowledge to enable lifelong learning.
• Have verified the positive impact of their innovations in education in bringing about noticeable changes in values, mindsets and practices about lifelong learning for now and in the future.
• Have proven their commitment in promoting and translating the principles of lifelong learning into action; and
• Have established that their innovative practices are current and relevant to the educational issues of the 21st century.

What are the evaluation criteria?

The emphasis of the Wenhui Award is on innovations in education, not scientific inventions. In line with the theme of the 2014 Award, Innovation in Lifelong Learning: Bridging to the Future, innovations that can demonstrate real changes in values, mindsets, practices and behaviours will be positively assessed. More specifically, the entries will be evaluated according to selected criteria reflecting the including but not limited to the following:

• Uniqueness and originality of the innovation
• Timeliness and relevance of the innovation
• Success and impact of the innovation
• Leadership and management of the innovation

• Quality of the supporting evidence

• Innovative use of available resources
• Potential for replication of the innovation
• Sustainability of the innovation

How to apply for the Award?
The Award organizers are calling for nominations from governments, educational institutions, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and individuals in Asia and Pacific countries following the procedure below.

• Nominations shall be submitted to the Award Secretariat at UNESCO Bangkok through the National Commissions for UNESCO, UNESCO Offices and other organizations associated with UNESCO, using an official Award Application Form available online at http://www.unescobkk.org/education/apeid/wenhuiaward2014.

• Each nomination must be accompanied by the following attachments:
o Description of the candidate’s/institution’s background and achievements (1 page, A4 size, in English) o Summary of work, publications and other relevant documents of major importance (maximum of 4

pages, A4 size, in English)
o Evidence to support the nomination of the candidate (may be in English or local language) o Letter(s) of recommendation (in English or local languages)

o Consent form for use and distribution of materials
• All nominations must reach the Award Secretariat by 30 June 2014. Please check with your nomination agency on the status of your submission.
• For list of UNESCO offices, see http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=34016&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html

• For list of National Commissions for UNESCO in the Asia-Pacific region, see http://www.unesco.org/ncp/index.php?lc=E&region=3&module=national_commissions&web

Conditions of entry
• All entries must be from the Asia-Pacific region.
• The work must be attested to be authentic and original.
• The innovation must be current or initiated in the last five years.
• Shortlisted entries may be asked to supply more documents or evidence, if necessary.
• All entries must be accompanied by evidence that supports the nomination.
• All nominees will be responsible for the delivery of their materials to their respective nomination agencies and for checking that their materials are received by the Award Secretariat.

• All submissions will be taken to imply the granting of permission to publish all materials and particulars, without charge to UNESCO.
• All nominees must complete the consent form available online at the Award website permitting UNESCO to publish and share their work, on the understanding that the work will be fully acknowledged and credited to the relevant individuals or institutions stated in the nomination forms.
• All materials submitted will not be returned.
• The jury’s decision is final and correspondence will not be entered into.

Important dates
Closing date for nominations 30 June 2014

Selection of shortlisted nominations Mid-August 2014

Final selection and announcement of winners End of September 2014

Award ceremony To be confirmed

Visit the Award website http://www.unescobkk.org/education/apeid/wenhuiaward2014 for details, including the following:

• The Wenhui (文 晖) Award brochure

• Information and guidelines
• Application form
• Consent form

For further information, contact:

Wenhui Award Secretariat

920 Sukhumvit Road, Prakanong Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Tel: (66-2) 391-0577
Fax: (66-2) 391-0866
Email: apeid-award@unesco.org

Website: http://www.unescobkk.org/education/apeid/wenhuiaward2014

About the Organizers

The Asia-Pacific Region counts for almost two thirds of the world population. In serving the 46 Member States and 2 Associate Members in the region, UNESCO has to take into account the diversity of the countries in terms of their size, culture, socio-economy status and environment. Supported by a network of a Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok, a Regional Bureau for Science in Jakarta, five Cluster Offices (Almaty, Apia, Beijing, New Delhi and Tehran), and seven National Offices (Dhaka, Hanoi, Islamabad, Kabul, Kathmandu, Phnom Penh and Tashkent), UNESCO works to promote peace and human development through education, sciences, culture and communication, by facilitating international co-operation, setting common standards and fostering the dissemination of information.

The Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID) is a regional inter-country cooperative programme based in the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok, Thailand. APEID’s mission is to contribute to sustainable human development through the design and implementation of educational programmes and projects, mainly at the post-primary level of education and focusing on educational innovation for development.

The National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO was established in February 1979. It acts as an agency of consultation, liaison and information, in addition to mobilizing and coordinating partnerships with civil society to contribute to the realization of UNESCO’s objectives and implementation of its programmes.

The China Hangzhou International Conference on Educational Innovations was launched in 2003 in Xiacheng District, Hangzhou, to commemorate the achievements Xiacheng has made in educational innovations. Held every year since then, the Conference has become a formal event of the West Lake Expo, attracting participants from all over the world.

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