Nomination call for UNESCO-Hamdan Prize 2015-2016

The fourth 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.

Deadline for nomination: October 31, 2015

To submit a nomination, please download the guide and the application and nomination forms.

For more information about the Prize, please visit: www.unesco.org/new/hamdan-prize

Investing in quality education and teachers crucial to progress and a better society

Islamabad - 2 October 2014: UNESCO, UNICEF, ILO and WFP, in collaboration with the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, Government of Pakistan organized a conference here in Islamabad to mark
World Teachers' Day 2014. This year's theme for the Day is "Invest in the future, invest in teachers". In relation to the importance of this observance, the Pakistan Education for All (EFA) Review Report 2015 was also launched during the conference. Read more...
 Joint message on World Teachers' Day
 Press Release
 Press Clipping   Pakistan Today | The Nation | The News | Frontier Post

Education is the best investment for sustainable development

Islamabad - 10 September 2014: To fully tap the potential of higher education institutions to meet the present and future needs of Pakistan and make sure the higher education is on track towards sustainable development, COMSATS
Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) in collaboration with UNESCO Islamabad, British Council Pakistan and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) organized an event in Islamabad.
The event, "The World Beyond 2015: Is Higher Education Ready?" brought together experts who shared their opinions and recommendations in regards to the challenges and role of higher education with special reference to the Post-2015 development agenda. Read more...

Mariam Khalique, former teacher of Malala Yousafzai, talking about the barriers facing girls in Pakistans Swat Valley

A powerful testimony by Ms. Mariam Khalique, former teacher of the Pakistani schoolgirl, Malala Yousafzai delivered at a meeting held by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
in Geneva on 7 July. The meeting was a General Discussion on the Right to Education for Girls and Women aimed at kick starting the Committee's process of developing a "General Recommendation on girls'/women's right to education." Read more...

National Forum on Education and Disability under UNESCO's Global Action Week on Education for All held in Islamabad

Islamabad - 7 May 2014: UNESCO Islamabad in collaboration with UNICEF organized a National Forum on EFA at Hotel Marriott, Islamabad. This forum aimed at advocating for EFA by stimulating a debate on Article 25-A of the Constitution and
education sector financing in Pakistan.
 Video message of Director-General UNESCO Ms. Irina Bokova
 Press Release
 Press Clipping   Daily Times | Pakistan Today | Tribune | Mashaal Radio Report
 Advocacy Walk on Education for All - Education and Disability
 Advocacy Campaign on Power Radio FM-99

Sensitization on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), Peace and Social Cohesion in Khyber PakhtunKhwa & FATA

Peshawar - 18 March 2014: UNESCO in collaboration with the South Asian Center for International and Regional Studies (SACIRS) along with THAAP undertook a 6-Day's Teachers' Training and sensitization programme. Read more...
Press Clippings  Dawn | The News
Publications on Education for Sustainable Development
 Disaster Risk and Reduction & ESD
 Resource Material
 Teachers' Training Manual

UNESCO lauds effort for achieving MDGs

Islamabad - 29 January 2014: UNESCO Regional Director for Asia and Pacific, Gwang-Jo Kim appreciated Pakistan efforts towards achieving Millennium Development Goals. He was addressing on the occasion of the regional launch event of
the 11th Education for All Global Monitoring Report this year, Teaching and learning: Achieving quality for all, held in Islamabad. The event was attended by ministers and officials of the government of Pakistan, Afghanistan and other delegates and teachers from India, Bangladesh and representatives of the United Nations in Pakistan, civil society organizations, media and representatives of UNESCO.
 Press Release
 GMR Complete Report | GMR Summary Report
 Press Clippings  Business Recorder | Daily Times | Pakistan Today   Dawn | Radio Pakistan | The Nation | Tribune
 Video Interview at Radio Pakistan 

UNESCO support mainstreaming of girls' access to education in RAHA community

Islamabad - 29 January 2014: UNESCO Regional Director for Asia and Pacific, Gwang-Jo Kim emphasized the need for quality education to the students with improved educational facilities through well trained teachers. He expressed
these remarks on the occasion of Gender and Education Forum in Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) community organized by UNESCO Islamabad. The event was attended by representatives of UNESCO, UNHCR, UNDP, Embassy of Japan, civil society organizations and youth and women besides officials of the government.
 Press Release
 Press Clipping Statesman | The News

UNESCO support education and appreciate efforts for preservation of Gandharan culture

Islamabad - 30 January 2014: UNESCO Regional Director for Asia and Pacific, Gwang-Jo Kim on a one day tour reached Peshawar and attended various events. He expressed UNESCO support for the skills development programme
and barrier free access to learners with disabilities in non formal sector for youths residing in and around the Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA II) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA. He appreciated the rich Gandhars culture which is well preserved by the Department of Culture, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during his visit to Peshawar Museum.
 Press Release
 Press Clipping Frontier Post | Pakistan Observer | The News | Business Recorder