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Portugal: ‘Apps for Good’ education programme wins UNESCO award

The “Apps for Good” Portuguese technology education programme, in which secondary school students create applications to solve society’s problems, won the UNESCO Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum International Award, announced those responsible for the initiative on Tuesday.

In a statement, the NGO CDI Portugal, which launched the programme, explains that in this way, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) has internationally recognised “Apps for Good’s innovative approach to improving teacher performance and effectiveness for quality education for all.The award ceremony, which Portugal won for the first time, took place on Monday – World Teacher’s Day – in Paris, with UNESCO honouring Apps for Good Portugal for being “a programme that drives all the principles for technological and inclusive education that are upheld by all organisations that want a better education model for the future”.

Created in 2008 and awarded every two years, the UNESCO Hamdan Prize aims to support the improvement of the quality of teaching and learning around the world, giving priority to developing countries and marginalised and disadvantaged communities.

The Prize is supported by the Sheikh of the United Arab Emirates and awarded by an international jury of five professionals chosen for their level of knowledge and experience in teacher-related issues.

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