Iran’s Literacy Movement Wins UNESCO Confucius Prize

Literacy Movement Organization of Iran was awarded the 2018 UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy for its program ‹Consolidated teaching of literacy and ICDL basic computer skills›Iran’s Deputy Education Minister and Head of theLiteracy Movement Organization Ali Baqerzadeh took part in the UNESCO International Literacy Day conference.The conference, which was held on September 7 — a day before International Literacy Day — at UNESCO Paris Headquarters explored the theme of integratedapproaches to literacy and skills development with approximately 200 participants from all over the world.The program promotes literacy and computer skills for children and adults, focusing on women and girls in rural areas, minorities, factory workers, and people in detention, won the prize. UNESCO International Literacy Prizes include the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize (two awards) and the UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy (three awards). In addition to Iran, the Nigerian Prisons Service, and the Foundation Elche Acoge of Spain won the UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy.Aid Afghanistan for Education (AAE) and the Ministry of Education and Culture in Uruguay were awarded the 2018 UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize. Established in 1979, Iran›s Literacy Movement Organization is the country›s main and largest literacy organization with more than 50,000 instructors and 6,000 administrators. Iran›s prize winner program aims to bring together basic literacy skills with International Computer Driving License (ICDL) skills. It combines computer courses, which include English language and computer skills training, and literacy courses, which include Persian literature, mathematics, Islamic teachings, culture and sciences.The UNESCO has given the prize annually since 1967. So far over 485 projects and programs undertaken by governments, non-governmental organizations and
individuals around the world have been recognized.

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