Established in 1989, with the support of the Government of the Republic of Korea, the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize gives special consideration to the development and use of mother-tongue literacy education and training.
Established in 1989 the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize awards programmes that focus on the development and use of mother-tongue literacy education and training.
Funded by the Government of the Republic of Korea, the Prize commemorates King Sejong who fought against illiteracy and invented the Korean alphabet.
Two winners are awarded each year. Previous prize winners include the National Office of Literacy and Education for Adults in Algeria for its ‘National Strategy for Multilingual Literacy’ programme, Textile Fibres and Development Company (SODEFITEX) in Senegal for its ‘Functional literacy and follow-up vocational training for farmers in southern Senegal in national languages’, and the Ministry of Education and Culture in Uruguay for its ‘Permanent Learning Programme’.
Make sure you read the important information below before you apply for this prize. You must apply through the UK National Commission for UNESCO. Expressions of interest are welcome.
Closed for applications
Late May 2023
Late June 2023
WHO CAN APPLY
Individuals, institutions, organisations
Supported by the Government of the Republic of Korea
2 winners awarded US$20,000 each, a medal, a diploma, plus one study visit on Literacy Projects
‘I, along with my Indian change agents, also want to visit villages and talk to the local people and village representatives. We plan to visit Bodh Gaya which is a place of enlightenment of ‘Budhha’ and visited by foreigners from across the globe, to create awareness about our initiative’
Nguyen Quang Thach, 2016 Laureate for the project “Books for rural areas of Vietnam”
More from the King Sejong Literacy Prize
Read more about the Prize on UNESCO’s main site. Meet the Jury and past winners.