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The UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD, which is funded by the Government of Japan, consists of three annual awards of USD 50,000 for each recipient. It was awarded for the first time  in November 2015.

The Prize and award winners recognize the role of education in connecting the social, economic, cultural and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. It was established in the framework of the Global Action Programme (GAP) which calls for scaling up of ESD action at all levels as a means of implementing all 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Read more about the 2019 Call: https://en.unesco.org/prize-esd

Deadline for submitting nominatons: 30 April 2019

Any enquiries with regard to the nomination process should be addressed to Ms Miriam Tereick, Section of Education for Sustainable Development, phone: +33 1 45 68 16 68, e-mail: esdprize[at]unesco.org.

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Read the entire interesting article on the challenges of monitoring SDG 4.7 and the ways adopted by the UN agencies to overcome them (and provide comparable data in measuring the 21st century skills of ESD and Global Citizenship Education) here:


According to the article, two approaches are being adopted:

- The first solution accepts that understanding of these skills depend on cultural, traditional, and other contextual lenses, and therefore they should be measured within ‚Äúcomparable‚ÄĚ contexts. Accordingly, the design of some assessment frameworks is focused on sub-regional or regional coverage where there are greater common understandings. The Southeast Asia Primary Learning Metrics (SEA-PLM) and Life Skills and Citizenship Education (LSCE) Initiative in the Middle East and North Africa are examples of this perspective. The main argument here is that unless consensus at a regional level is in place on key definitions, values, behaviors, benchmarks, and thresholds on measurement of 21st century skills, global consensus will not be achieved.

- The second solution accepts the core concept of national ownership and accountability in monitoring 21st century skills. Accordingly, each country needs to define the contextualized framework on necessary skills that respond to its own needs, and then link with the global trends, priorities, and requirements. Through such country-owned durable solutions, quality data could be collected regularly referencing results for national policies in a timely manner. In this regard, the development of ‚Äúlight‚ÄĚ modules that includes key items from the existing ILSA could be made available to all countries as a common good might be a fundamental step. To achieve this goal, structured capacity development on data collection and analysis are essential.]

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The WISE Awards support education projects across the world that are changing lives. If you know an innovative and financially sustainable education project, apply or nominate them before Jan 15, 2019!


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Are you a student or teacher involved in citizen science? Then you can participate in the European Student Citizen Science Challenge

The Student Citizen Science Online Challenge is a Europe-wide challenge for students to scientifically and playfully explore issues surrounding biodiversity, sustainability, environmental monitoring, and biodesign. The challenge encourages students (and teachers) to get involved in a local citizen science project or to start one of their own!

Student groups submit a visual or multimedia story sharing their method, observations, or reflection on a citizen science project in or around the classroom. The story could be a video, photo essay, comic strip, or a collection of scientific illustrations. Stories are displayed in an online exhibition, where students can share their story to a wide audience and see what sustainability inquiries other students around Europe are undertaking. The online exhibition is housed by Esri.

Who should participate?

  • Secondary school students or mature primary school students anywhere in Europe.
  • Formal or informal educators & students: extracurricular activities welcome!
  • Groups of students accompanied by a teacher or mentor.


  1. Autumn challenge: 1st November - 31st December 2018
  2. Spring challenge: 1st March - 15th April 2019

How to participate?

Go to the How it works page!

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The Seminar will bring together 20/24 young emerging leaders from the participating countries of the Young Mediterranean Voices (YMV) for a 5-day programme including access to international institutions, media mentoring networks, and European peers. The Seminar will combine innovative methodologies to support the participants to work together in a fresh and exciting way, with a focus on tackling a common challenge relevant to societies to the south and north of the Mediterranean.

Age range: 18 to 30 years old.
Gender, age and geographical balance among chosen participants will be ensured.

Priority countries. Participants from the following countries are encouraged to apply:

  • Southern Mediterranean: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia.
  • EU: Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Spain.

Travel expenses and visa fees for the seminar in Malta will be covered by the organisation. Board and lodging will also be provided.

Deadline for Applications: 20 September

Read more how you can apply: http://www.annalindhfoundation.org/news/young-med-voices-malta-seminar-new-leadership-call-participants-now-open

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Do you have experience teaching refugees? Have you been trained to deal with the diverse, multi-lingual/cultural needs that this group may face? Are you a refugee student? What challenges and initiatives have hindered or helped you gain access to education?

On June 20 (World Refugee Day), the GEM Report launched a call for refugee students and their teachers to share their stories and photos about education.

We are interested in featuring the stories collected in our next report on migration, displacement and education due out 20 November, 2018.

Share your #EDUSTORY

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The 2018 call for nominations is open , while the deadline for the receipt of nominations is 31 October 2018.

UNESCO is launching the call for nominations for the 2018 edition of the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Education. Funded by the Kingdom of Bahrain and established in 2005, this year’s Prize will recognize projects and programmes that leverage innovative technologies to ensure education for excluded vulnerable groups.

For the past years, the Prize has been promoting the use of new technologies to expand educational opportunities and increase access to quality education for vulnerable groups impeded by cultural and economic barriers, personal disabilities, gender inequalities, and/or crisis-affected situations. Indeed, ICT have a great potential to enable cost-efficient solutions to address these barriers, so that everyone can fully enjoy their right to education.

This year the Prize will highlight projects that use integrated solutions that blend commonly used technology with frontier ICT applications, such as breakthrough technology to overcome infrastructure barriers; solutions to reduce the cost of access; online learning innovations; intelligent learning management systems; machine translation; big data; and imagery technology.

Two awards will be granted, and each recipient will receive a monetary award of US$ 25,000 during the Award Ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.


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The 2018 Global Youth Video Competition seeks for outstanding 3'- films on new and ambitious solutions to combat climate change.

UN Climate Change and its partners are coordinating the annual Global Youth Video Competition since 2015. The competition demonstrates how young people are key players in enacting innovative and ambitious solutions to combat climate change.

Who can take part? Young people between the ages of 18 and 30

How can I take part? Prepare an engaging, max-3-min video

What is the theme?  Two thems: (a) Sustainable Consumption & Production (b) Green and Climate-friendly Jobs

Where to send the video clip?  Upload it at http://biomovies.tve.org/competitions/global-youth-video-competition/(link is external)

What is the deadline?  31 August 2018

What is the award? Two winners will receive a round trip to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland in December 2018!!!  (including flight, accommodation and other expenses). They will join the UNFCCC Global Climate Action team as youth reporters, compiling and producing videos, articles and social media posts.

More information at: https://unfccc.int/topics/education-youth/youth-engagement/global-youth-video-competition/lights-camera-katowice




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The ‚ÄėESD Okayama Award 2018‚Äô is open¬†for¬†entry!

up till 29 June 2018 (17:00 Japan Standard Time)!


Organizations based in any implementing ESD activities in local communities are eligible to apply.


US $3,000

Number of Award Winning Projects

The Global Prize will be given to up to two projects.

Award Ceremony

Award winners will be invited to the Award Ceremony on October 27, 2018 (Saturday) in Okayama, Japan, and will be requested to give a presentation on the project.

ALL details including the application guideline, forms and previous award-winning projects, please see the website below: http://www.okayama-tbox.jp/esd/pages/8758


Contact the ESD Okayama Award Secretariat, Contact Person: Ms. Miki Konishi, Mr. Hirohisa Iwata

TelÔľö+81-(0)86-803-1351¬†FaxÔľö+81-(0)86-803-1777 esd@city.okayama.lg.jp




‚ÄĘ The¬†ESD¬†Okayama¬†Award¬†Steering¬†Board¬†is¬†composed¬†of¬†the¬†following¬†organizations:









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Could a teacher at your school be the 2018 Global Educator of the Year? Think Global are opening up nominations for this years awards and we're looking for educators who have found creative ways to engage young people in global learning and inspired students to take action on a global issue.

Deadline for submitting the Nomination forms : 11 May 2018

Read more: https://globaldimension.org.uk/global-educator-of-the-year-2018/

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