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The UNESCO KING SEJONG LITERACY PRIZE 2021

The UNESCO KING SEJONG LITERACY PRIZE 2021

Context:

The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), a board of education under the Union Government of India, has won the prestigious UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize 2021.

NIOS:

  • It is the board of education under the Union Government of India.
  • It has been awarded for enabling the education of persons with disabilities through technology-enabled inclusive learning materials, with a specific focus on Indian Sign language-based content.
  • It was established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development of the Government of India in 1989.
  • It was established to give education to all segments of society under the motive to increase literacy and aimed forward for flexible learning.
  • It is a national board that administers examinations for Secondary and Senior Secondary examinations similar to the CBSE and the CISCE.
  • It also offers vocational courses after high school.

UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize:

  • It was created in 1989.
  • It rewards the activities of governments or governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) displaying merit and achieving particularly effective results in contributing to the fight for literacy.
  • It gives significance to the creation, development and dissemination of mother-tongue languages in developing countries.

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