“Confucius Prize” awarded to Iranian, Nigerian, Spanish programs


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JINAN, Sept. 28
(Xinhua) – Three educational programs for children and adults, prisoners, and
adult immigrants have won this year’s UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy in
Qufu, east China’s Shandong Province.

The programs came from
Iran, Nigeria and Spain, according to Robert Parua, Program Specialist for
Education, UNESCO Beijing Office.

The program by
Literacy Movement Organization in Iran pro

JINAN, Sept. 28
(Xinhua) – Three educational programs for children and adults, prisoners, and
adult immigrants have won this year’s UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy in
Qufu, east China’s Shandong Province.

The programs came from
Iran, Nigeria and Spain, according to Robert Parua, Program Specialist for
Education, UNESCO Beijing Office.

The program by
Literacy Movement Organization in Iran promotes literacy and continuing education
for children and adults, particularly women and girls in rural areas. The
program by Nigerian Prisons Service equips prisoners with skills and
professions that can make them employable or self-employed upon release,
encouraging them to become crime-free citizens.

The third program by
Foundation Elche Acoge in Spain started in 1994. Its goal of “Spanish as a
second language for adult immigrants” is to implement an educational
program which allows immigrants to integrate into society and the labor market.

The Confucius Prize
for Literacy was established in 2005 to recognize the efforts of individuals,
governments and NGOs in raising the literacy rate.

Confucius, who lived
between 551 BC and 479 BC, was an educator and philosopher. He founded the
school of Confucianism that has deeply influenced later Chinese generations.

GNA


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