Emirates News Agency – Hamdan Foundation and UNESCO honor winners of Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum-UNESCO Prize in Paris

PARIS, 6th October, 2022 (WAM) — Sheikh Rashid bin Hamdan Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Al Maktoum Foundation, honored the winners of the “Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum – UNESCO” Prize for Teacher Development during its seventh session.

In his speech on this occasion, Sheikh Rashid bin Hamdan Al Maktoum expressed his gratitude to UNESCO, led by its Director-General Audrey Azoulay, and to all the officials and employees of this huge international organization for their great efforts and considerable support. to education, culture, and science in many nations, regions, and continents, and the assistance it offers for the maintenance of human civilization, the enrichment of cultural diversity, and the development of creativity .

Sheikh Rashid highlighted the close ties between UNESCO and the United Arab Emirates under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai .

He congratulated the winners of the Prize and the staff members of the Hamdan Foundation and UNESCO, including the referees, administrators and coordinators, stressing that “by maintaining our remarkable performance, we will be able to achieve many of the goals needed to create a successful system.
“I also take this opportunity to reconfirm that the Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance, whose Silver Jubilee we are celebrating, is committed to supporting the efforts of the organization as we announce new support for the Hamdan UNESCO Fund with additional budget to fund new projects, believing that educational transformation starts with empowered teachers.I am also happy to announce that the Hamdan Foundation and the international team of teachers have partnered to fund the project to publish a new report on the status of teachers worldwide in 2023,” he added.
The Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance and UNESCO honored the winners of three innovative Prize projects from Benin, Haiti and Lebanon, all of which contributed to improving teacher performance and strengthening their role in transforming education in and around their communities.

The ceremony of honor coincided with the World Teachers’ Day which was held this year under the theme “The transformation of education begins with teachers”.

This year’s winners, which include three international institutions, were recognized for their efforts in applying the standards and criteria most effectively, as determined by UNESCO and the Hamdan Foundation.
Graines de Paix, in Benin, won the award for its “Learn in Peace, Teach Without Violence” program, which offers transformative educational solutions that reduce violence in education and in society. More than 4,500 teachers have been trained, 2,500 parents have been educated and more than 250,000 children have been affected by the project.

The American University of Beirut received the award for its “TAMAM Project for School-Based Educational Reform”, a research-based program in which university researchers work closely with practitioners in the education to generate strategies rooted in the socio-cultural contexts of the Arab region.

P4H Global of Haiti was recognized for its “Training Teachers to Transform Haiti” project, an innovative program dedicated to improving the quality of education in Haiti through the training of teachers and school principals, parents and community members. The project is based on a cycle that begins with a school diagnosis, training, distance coaching and class observation. Her goal is for teachers to avoid corporal punishment and transform their teaching methods into effective student-centered strategies that cultivate critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity in the classroom.

Since 2011, the three-year intensive program has benefited 8,000 educators and 350,000 students in all ten departments of Haiti. 70% of the trainings are given in schools in rural areas due to the lack of support and resources in these areas.

Launched in 2008, the Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum-UNESCO Prize for Teacher Development aims to support and encourage all applicants who have outstanding contributions to improving the effectiveness and performance of teachers worldwide, this which is in conformity with the principles and objectives of UNESCO.

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