TISS Initiative Awarded UNESCO Prize For Innovation In Education

The 2017 UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize will be awarded to the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)'s CLIx programme and the GENIE programme of Morocco during a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters on March 7.

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TISS Initiative Awarded UNESCO Prize For Innovation In Education

The Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx) programme developed by the TISS

New Delhi:  The 2017 UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize will be awarded to the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)'s CLIx programme and the GENIE programme of Morocco during a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters on March 7. The Connected Learning Initiative (CLIx) programme developed by the TISS, leverages ICTs to improve the chances of students from underserved communities to access secondary and higher education in India. 

Founded in 2005, the Prize recognizes two outstanding projects that make innovative use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in education.

Audrey Azoulay, the Director-General of UNESCO, and Jawad bin Salem Al Arrayed, Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, will open the award ceremony.

This year's edition is dedicated to the "use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to increase access to quality education," with a view to promoting innovations in leveraging ICTs for achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal for education, SDG 4.

Both projects were designated on the recommendation of an international jury. Each winner will receive a monetary award (USD 25,000) and a diploma.

Prior to the Award Ceremony, a Laureates' Seminar will be organized from 10:00 to 11:30 in Room IV to present the two-prize winning projects.

CLIx provides high quality platform-based, blended learning experiences in three languages: Hindi, Telugu and English. So far, the programme has reached 478 State high schools, 1,767 teachers and 46,420 students in four Indian States.

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Launched in 2005, GENIE is a large-scale, long-term national policy and initiative developed and implemented by the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research of Morocco. It aims to incorporate ICT to improve access to, and quality of, education in primary and secondary schools. It has provided infrastructure, digital devices and internet connectivity to more than 10,000 schools, and has promoted pedagogical innovations by providing more than 300,000 teachers and school administrators across the country with in-service training.

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