Deadline: 5 July 2024

UNESCO is currently accepting nominations for the 2024 UNESCO International Literacy Prizes. They’re encouraging literacy education experts to apply and urging nominating organizations to recommend candidates from around the world.

Similar to previous years, six awards will be given to individuals or organizations with exceptional projects that advance literacy learning. This year, programmes are asked to center around the theme “Promoting multilingual education: Literacy for mutual understanding and peace.

The theme shows how, in today’s world, where multilingualism is a common practice for many, adopting a first-language-based, multilingual approach can help promote mutual understanding and respect, while solidifying communal identities and collective histories

For over 50 years, the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes have been honoring excellence and innovation in the field of literacy. With over 518 projects and programmes recognized and supported globally, they’ve celebrated exceptional contributions in this domain.

Who can apply and who can nominate?

The application is open to all governments, non-governmental organizations and individuals who contribute to the promotion and advancement of literacy learning through projects and programmes.

Applications should be submitted to the nominating entities either the National Commission for UNESCO in the programme’s country, or a NGO in official partnership with UNESCO, who are encouraged to submit the nominated individuals’, institutions, and organizations to UNESCO. The nominations will be assessed by an independent International Jury, composed of five experts based on the selection criteria.

Based on the recommendations of the International Jury, the Director-General of UNESCO will select the finalists to be awarded at the occasion of International Literacy Day on 8 September 2024.

Candidates can submit their applications through the online platform. For more information about the application and nomination process, kindly visit the official website of the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes.


  • Deadline for candidates to submit applications to nominating entities: 5 July 2024 (midnight, Paris time).
  • Deadline for nominating entities to submit their nominations to UNESCO: 19 July 2024 (midnight, Paris time).


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