UNESCO is calling for candidatures for five International Literacy prizes of US$20 000 each. This year’s theme is “Literacy and Sustainable Development”. One of the awards, the UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy, will also grant a study visit to literacy project sites in China.UNESCO has been awarding annual literacy prizes since 1967 to mobilize international public opinion and elicit support for literacy activities. Today nearly 800 million people aged over 15 are illiterate and two-thirds of them are women. Deadline for submissions: 31 May 2006. Winners will be celebrated on International Literacy Day, 8 September 2006. International Literacy Day is celebrated each year on 8 September. The objective is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. Because only governments and international NGOs may present candidatures, EI calls upon its affiliates worldwide to submit candidates through EI. For more information, please contact our headoffice.