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Isa Al-Khalifa Prize

UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the use of ICT in education

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Applications call for UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the use of ICT in education. The UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICT in Education recognizes innovative approaches in leveraging new technologies to expand educational and lifelong learning opportunities for all, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Goal 4 on education.


The theme of the 2020 edition is the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enhance the continuity and quality of learning.

Prizes and Benefits

Two winners will be selected by the Director-General of UNESCO based on the recommendations of an international Jury, and each winner will receive a reward of USD 25,000 and a diploma.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility criteria for UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the use of ICT in education

  • The project should be ongoing for at least for 1 year.
  • The project and its organization should not be affiliated to UNESCO or receive any funding from UNESCO.
  • The technology solutions used by the project should be designed completely for public good or for charitable purposes, meaning that they should not be the free parts of commercial applications or application packages that only offer limited functions free of charge while requesting users to pay for advanced functions,

Selection criteria

  • Relevance to the Thematic Focus: The project is in line with the objectives of the Prize and is relevant to the specific theme of the year.
  • Innovation: The project applies innovative technologies and Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enhanced solutions or blends AI and conventional technologies in a new innovative way.
  • Evidence of Impact: The project should provide evidence of improved learning outcomes of the targeted beneficiaries.
  • Potential for Replicability and Scalability: The project should show evidence that it can be replicated in other contexts or have the potential to further optimize and scale its impact.
  • Inclusion and Equity: The project should use AI or innovative technologies to advance inclusion and equity in education, while taking into account marginalized groups, leaners in crises and emergencies contexts and learners with physical or cognitive disabilities.

More information on the selection criteria and eligibility


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline18 December,2020
Open toAll



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