Updated Sep 10, 2020

Wenhui Award 2020 - Educational Innovation in Response to Pandemic and Other Emergencies

Offered by United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization

Innovation is vital for the survival and progress of almost all industries and fields, and education is not an exception. Innovative approaches are indispensable for achieving equity and quality of education in all contexts, particularly in emergencies and crises. COVID-19 has become a catalyst for innovations in different sectors, including education, in a very short period of time. In the Asia-Pacific region in particular, innovative technologies and techniques have been widely utilized in different educational systems and at all levels during the pandemic outbreak; new platforms and creative measures have been employed to deliver distance learning, conduct assessments, support teachers and families, and work towards the safe return to schools. Many such innovative solutions involve diverse stakeholders such as governments, education professionals, technology providers, and communities. This emerging trend makes educational institutions, educators and learners more adaptable and resilient to crises and exerts far-reaching impacts on future education.

Against the background of the COVID-19 pandemic and in view of the crucial importance of innovation for education in emergencies and crises, this year’s Wenhui Award is themed “Educational Innovation in Response to Pandemic and Other Emergencies”.

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Oct 30, 2020Deadline
Up to $20,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
CountryMongolia, Afghanistan, Fiji, China, Cambodia, Brunei, Bangladesh, Australia, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Nauru, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Maldives, Kiribati, Philippines, New Zealand, Nepal, Malaysia, Laos, Kyrgyzstan, Korea, South, Japan, India, Bhutan, Tuvalu, Turkmenistan, Timor-Leste, Tajikistan, Solomon Islands, Uzbekistan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Vanuatu, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Kazakhstan, Iran, Myanmar, Tonga and Pakistan
Focus AreasEducation
Infectious & Vector Diseases (Health)
Response Technologies (Humanitarian Assistance)

Individuals or institutions from UNESCO Member States in the Asia-Pacific region that meet the following conditions are eligible to apply for the Wenhui Award:

  • - Have demonstrated their ability to initiate innovative practices that help to increase access to information, promote learning and generate new knowledge in the education sector;
  • - Have verified the positive impact of their contributions to improving the access to education and the quality of teaching and learning processes;
  • - Have proven their commitment to enhancing the popularity and quality of education, and promoting the concept of inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning; AND
  • - Have confirmed that their innovative practices are current and relevant to the key trends of education in the 21st century.

Application Directions

  • Step 1: Express interest by submitting the online registration form by 27 September 2020; the registered applicants will receive a link to the online application form (if the link above is not accessible, please use https://rb.gy/piejwu).
  • Step 2: Complete the online application form and submit all the required supporting documents as listed below by 18 October 2020.


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