The Citizens Foundation (TCF) has been announced as one of the winners of UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy 2017. This year’s theme was ‘Literacy in a digital world’ and Aagahi was recognized on the basis of its effectiveness and the successful use of technology and digital tools for monitoring and evaluation of the programme.
The UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy was established in 2005, with the support of the Government of the People’s Republic of China. It gives special consideration to literacy amongst adults in rural areas and out-of-school youth, particularly girls and women.
Aagahi is now in its 12th year and has reached out to 59,000+ women to date, making them well versed in Urdu reading, writing and basic numeracy skill. It has made a massive positive impact on everyday lives of these women, from being able to read bus numbers at a busy bus stop, to calculating the change they are owed at the end of a shopping transaction, to writing a letter to their loved ones and most importantly, supporting their child.
The Prize will be awarded at an official ceremony at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris on 8th September on the International Literacy Day. Chairman of The Citizens Foundation, Mr. Ateed Riaz and Head Of Community Development Unit, Ms. Amna Khalid will be representing TCF to receive the award.
We would like to take this moment to thank all our supporters around the globe who have immensely helped us in achieving this important global milestone that will garner a lot of positive recognition for Pakistan. Stay tuned to our website for official ceremony pictures.