The third 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. The Prize of $270 000 will be divided between three winners.

The Prize is all about improving education quality through raising teacher standards. It was created in 2008 and is funded by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).


  • Candidates should be organizations, international or national non-governmental organizations (NGOs), institutions or local, national and regional communities who are working to enhance the performance and effectiveness of teachers.

  • Projects should have made an outstanding contribution, through their teacher-related activities, to enhancing the quality of teaching and learning.

How to Nominate

Letters of nomination (in English or French only) should be sent to the Secretariat by post or email below:

Section for Teacher Development and Education Policies
Division for Teacher Development and Higher Education
ATTN: UNESCO-Hamdan Prize
7 place de Fontenoy
F-75352 Paris 07 SP


To submit a nomination, please download the guide (PDF) and the form for the letter of nomination (.DOC).

Deadline: October 31, 2013

For more information about the Prize, click here and here.

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