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Apply Now: $170,000 for Educational Technology Innovation Awards

By Wayan Vota on November 23, 2020

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The educational ecosystem is in constant flux. New innovations are introduced, tested, and scaled. External shocks, like the coronavirus pandemic then upend the status quo and rearrange success metrics. In this continuum of change, governments look for signals for what works, and what doesn’t in education systems.

Technologies have a great potential to enhance teaching, learning and expand access to quality education. According to the ITU, about 95% of the global population live in regions with at least a basic 2G mobile-cellular network. It means that almost anyone with a connected device can benefit from educational technology solutions.

$120,000 WISE Awards for Educational Innovation

Each year, the WISE Awards recognize and promote six successful and innovative projects that are addressing global educational challenges and transforming communities. Since 2009, WISE has awarded 72 projects from a wide variety of sectors and locations for their innovation, positive contribution and ability to adapt and scale.

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Each WISE Awards winning project will receive US$20,000, and will benefit from increased public interest through media exposure and other channels. The selected projects are models of excellence that serve as an inspiration for others to improve education through innovation and creative action.

Winning projects will be ongoing, innovative and impactful education initiatives that have an excellent record of proven success, is financially sustainable, and has a clear plan for future objectives and replication in other contexts.

Apply Now! Deadline is December 20, 2020

$50,000 UNESCO ICT for Education Awards

The UNESCO ICT in Education Prize recognizes innovative approaches in leveraging new technologies to expand educational and lifelong learning opportunities for all, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Goal 4 on education.

The 2020 edutech prize will focus on educational technology solutions that use artificial intelligence to enhance learning quality.

  • AI innovations fueled can reach marginalized groups and provide quality learning programmes in emergency contexts.
  • AI technologies can also analyze difficulties faced by students studying in a new language and help teachers better diagnosis of learning problems.

Two winners will be selected by the Director-General of UNESCO based on the recommendations of an international Jury, and each winner will receive a reward of USD 25,000 and a diploma.

Apply Now: Deadline is December 18, 2020

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of his employer, any of its entities, or any ICTWorks sponsor.
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11 Comments to “Apply Now: $170,000 for Educational Technology Innovation Awards”

  1. Jamac says:

    Thanks donor grants supporting education so far is this grants eligible in Somalia can we apply?

    Thnks great apperciate

  2. Hello. How are you doing? Can a school apply for UNESCO grant? Or a faith based organisation?

    • Wayan Vota says:

      Yes, Betty, a school or a faith-based organization can apply for the edutech awards from either organization. Please read the application criteria for each before you develop your application.

  3. Yakub Ali says:

    Dear sir we are COSDA Organization Community Settlement & Development Action working Somalia. We want to apply for this programme about education technology because we are running many schools – 175 schools in our Area of Jubaland State Somalia. Please Guide me how I can apply. Thank You, Yakub Ali, Director of COSDA organization

  4. Makanjuola says:


  5. Ishaku Simon Usman says:

    We are Like Minds Tangale Waja Gombe South and we strongly need fund support for our communities

  6. Simon Nag says:

    Greetings to you in his holy name. I need fund for orphan education in India. Please support me.

  7. We have a foundation that is the founder of Mount Olives Orphanage, which supports OVC’s. We request funding to modernise the orphanage into a rehabilitation stop center for vocational training in ICT, carpentry, tailoring, electronics, and offer microfinance for small business. Funding grants would really help.

  8. Thank you for empowering ICT knowledge in to Africa this is so interesting that no one would ever loss in it knowledge

  9. Eugene Follonja says:

    Great initiatives!