Call for Nominations: 2019-2020 UNESCO-Hamdan Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers.

The UNESCO-Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers was created in 2008 to support the improvement of teaching and learning quality in achieving the Education for All goals, which is one of UNESCO’s priorities.

The sixth edition of the UNESCO-Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers has opened the call for nominations.

The prize is awarded every two years and it recognizes initiatives that contribute to improving educational practices around the world, with priority given to developing countries and to marginalized and disadvantaged communities.

The Prize of US $300 000 will be divided between three winners.

  • Nominations

Governments of Member States, in consultation with their National Commissions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) maintaining official partnerships with UNESCO.

  • Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Candidates may be individuals representing institutions or organizations; international or national governmental or non-governmental organizations (NGOs); educational or research institutions and local/national/regional communities.

Applications are not opened to individuals

  • How to Apply
  • Applications may be submitted in two ways:
  • A candidate shall ask a nominating body to send its application to UNESCO;
  • A nominating body may initiate the process of nominating a candidate and send the application to UNESCO.
  • A candidate shall be nominated by no more than one nominating body.
  • Applications must be written either in English or in French only.
  • Unsolicited applications are not taken into consideration/self-nominations cannot be considered.
  • Submission Procedure

Applications are to be emailed to: teacherprize@unesco.org(link sends e-mail), with the mention in the subject “UNESCO-Hamdan Prize application”.

To submit a nomination, please download the guide, the application form and the nomination form                                                                                               

  • Deadline

The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2019-2020 Prize is 31 October 2019 (midnight, Paris time).


For any other questions regarding the UNESCO-Hamdan Prize or the submission process, please contact the Ghana National Commission for UNESCO Secretariat.

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