Venezuela’s Fundación Infocentro (Infocentro Foundation) was awarded UNESCO’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Education, according to a press release published by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
UNESCO has also designated the National Institute of Continuing Adult Education (United Kingdom) as an award-winner of the prize. Both winners will receive a diploma and $25,000.
The prize focused this year on the theme, “Digital Literacy: Preparing Adult Learners for Lifelong Learning and Flexible Employment.”
The winners of the prize were chosen from among 49 projects nominated by 34 countries and one an inter-governmental organization, the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO).
Selected for its project “Technological Literacy for Older Adults,” the Infocentro Foundation “provides free access to ICTs to enable adults and other users to achieve lifelong learning,” stated the UNESCO press release.
The infocentros are publicly accessible spaces equipped with computers connected to the Internet, where users have free access to ITCs.
The Infocentro Foundation has established 680 education infocenters across the country and a high-quality series of modules to enable adult learners to move from basic computer literacy to more advanced ICTs skills.
Thus, the Infocentro Foundation has enabled almost one million individuals, including those with disabilities, to develop technology literacy skills.
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, will present the prize to each of the award-winners at a ceremony on January 12, 2011 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
Fundación Infocentro / MinCI / UNESCOPRESS / December 2, 2010