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UNESCO-ICHEI Director LI Ming Attended the First Yidan Prize Summit

December 12, 2017
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At the invitation of Mr. CHEN Yidan, Founder of the Yidan Prize and Co-founder of Tencent, Mr. LI Ming, Director of UNESCO-ICHEI, attended the First Yidan Prize Summit held at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center on December 11th, 2017.

Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, presented the pure gold medal for Yidan Prize and the bonus of 30 million Hong Kong dollars (3.87 million dollars) to two prizewinners in honor of their outstanding contribution to global education. Ms. Vicky Colbert, Founder and Director of the Colombian organization Fundacion Escuela Nueva was awarded the Yidan Prize for Educational Development. Since mid-1970s, her program “Escuela Nueva” (new school) has raised the quality of education in rural public schools in Colombia, and the Escuela Nueva educational model has been adopted by 14 developing countries, bettering the life of more than 5 million children. The award of Yidan Prize for Educational Research was won by Professor Carol S. Dweck of Stanford University. Her breakthrough in researching the “growth mindset” has exerted great influence in the educational sector.

Mr. TANG Qian spoke at the Summit.

Many education experts and specialists were present at the Awarding Ceremony, including educational policy makers, business leaders, philanthropists, and distinguished persons from all walks of life. Mr. TANG Qian, UNESCO Assistant Director General for Education and President of the International Advisory Committee for Yidan Prize, said, “humanity is now facing an important challenge——how to provide inclusive and equal education to citizens all over the world. It is really important to mobilize all stakeholders to contribute to this goal. I believe the newly founded Yidan Prize will be one of the contributing factors.” During his conversation with Mr. CHEN Yidan, UNESCO-ICHEI Director LI Ming said that UNESCO-ICHEI shares the same ideal with Yidan Prize when it comes to promoting educational opportunities and equity. He told Mr. CHEN Yidan that UNESCO-ICHEI has been carrying out ICT in education programmes in developing countries and hopes to deepen the cooperation with ICT enterprises such as Tencent in an effort to jointly promote the development and application of educational technology and thus advance educational reform.

Mr. LI Ming, Mr. CHEN Yidan, and Mr. CHEN Shiyi, President of SUSTech (left to right) at the Summit.

On November 26th, 2017, Mr. CHEN Yidan, as Member of the Governing Board of UNESCO-ICHEI, participated in the Second Session of the First Governing Board of UNESCO-ICHEI held in Shenzhen and offered insightful suggestions on UNESCO-ICHEI’s cooperation with enterprises. He encouraged UNESCO-ICHEI to seize the opportunity of educational and scientific development in the Great Bay Area of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau, actively promote ICT application in education, and facilitate the development of mobile learning, smart learning and lifelong learning, so as to make greater contributions to the realization of the 2030 Education Goals.