The 2019 call for nomination is now open for the ICT in Education Prize

News UNESCO Headquaters, Paris - 7th October 2019

Date: 31 October, 2019

ICT in Education Prize

Selection process for the ICT in Education Prize

Selection process for the ICT in Education Prize

The 2019 call for nominations is now open

Each year the Prize has a specific theme to be taken into account by nomination proposals.

Theme 2019: The Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to innovate education, teaching and learning

Recent technological progress, including the proliferation of frontier technologies, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advancements in neuroscience, opens a new horizon of possibilities for learning, teaching and the delivery and management of education. Keeping in with Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education, UNESCO is working with governments and other partners to explore the effective and ethical use of AI applications to reduce barriers to access education and optimize learning processes with a view to improve learning outcomes.  It also aims to ensure that the deployment of AI in education does not exacerbate digital divides, and everybody can reap the benefit of new technological developments.

In 2019, the Prize will award programmes and projects that use AI-powered solutions to:

    Enhance education: AI-enhanced education management information systems (EMIS); AI-powered delivery modes for large-scale education, trainings, and lifelong learning systems; (big) data-boosted education planning systems;
    Improve learning outcomes: use of AI, including in neuroscience, to enable personalized learning, support creation of collaborative environments, lifelong learning and new forms of learning; AI applications or solutions for subject-specific areas or interdisciplinary activities, or development of creativities; learning management systems (LMS) or other AI in education applications to analyze learning patterns in order to automate the optimization of learning processes; use of data, machine learning and other AI technique to inform the understanding of human learning, AI for learning assessments;
    Empower teachers: application of teacher-facing AI to release teachers’ non-teaching workload, augment teachers’ capabilities in teaching and coaching learning, and enable more creative teaching methodologies.

Selection Criteria

The nominated projects/programmes should be ongoing for at least 6 months and meet the following criteria:

    Be relevant to the specific theme of the year;
    Be innovative, specifically in the application of AI;
    Demonstrate measurable positive and sustainable impact in the lives of the targeted beneficiaries;
    Provide evidence for potential replicability and scalability.


The Prize is not a grant scheme aimed at supporting new projects or organization. The Prize is aimed at recognizing already implemented projects and activities.

All projects/programmes should be nominated by a National Commission for UNESCO or a NGO in official partnership with UNESCO. Self-nominations will not be accepted.
2019 Documents

    User Guide for applicants
    User Guide for National Commissions
    Template of online form
    Frequently asked questions

2019 Calendar

    June 2019: Launch of call for nominations
    31 October 2019: Deadline for submission
    November 2019: International jury meeting
    March 2020: Award ceremony in Paris, France


Source: UNESCO