Deadline: 12 October 2015
Are you offering an innovative service that uses information and communication technology (ICT) to contribute to literacy in your community?
If yes, then submit your story and enter a competition to win US$1,500!
The EIFL Public Library Innovation Award for public library services contributing to literacy in the community is now open. This call for applications is open to public and community libraries in developing and transition countries that use information and communication technology (ICT) in creative ways to improve literacy of children or adults.
They are seeking excellent examples of library services that use digital technology:
- To teach non-literate people how to read and write, and / or
- To improve people’s existing literacy levels.
The services can target people of any age and gender (including children, youth, adults or seniors) who have literacy needs. Here are some examples of innovative ICT-based approaches to teaching literacy:
- Creating locally relevant content to teach literacy skills and encourage reading in the community;
- Offering technology-based services that teach immigrants to read, write and understand the official languages they need in order to integrate into society;
- Providing access to online literacy lessons and guiding learners to use them;
- Using the internet, online multimedia applications, online communications tools, or mobile technology to advance literacy skills;
- Building capacity of school teachers and tutors to use digital technology in their literacy classes;
- Using ICT in family literacy sessions, in which children and parents learn literacy skills together.
The prize includes US$1,500 and wide publicity through EIFL’s global communication channels and networks.
- Only applications submitted by public and community libraries from developing and transition countries are eligible. [see the list below]
- Only services that use information and communication technology (ICT) are eligible.
- The service submitted must clearly fit the award category.
- The service should have started after January 2012.
- The service must be operational at the time of application.
- A public library is a library that is open to the general public, and which makes all kinds of knowledge and information available. The main source of funding is local/regional/national government.
- Past and present EIFL-PLIP grantee libraries may not apply for an Innovation Award for the EIFL-PLIP-funded service, even if the grant contract period is over.
How to Apply
- Applications can be submitted through the EIFL-PLIP online submission system.
- Applications may be submitted either in writing, or in video (film) format. The application form can be downloaded from the website.
- If you decide to submit your application in writing, make sure that:
- You fill in the Application form in full.
- Your application is supported by 2-3 photos.
- If you decide to submit your application in video format, make sure that:
- The video incorporates all the information required by the Application form (doc)
- The video is less than five minutes in length.
- The video has clear English subtitles.
- The video is uploaded to YouTube.
For more information and to apply, please visit EIFL Call for Applications.
For complete list of eligible countries, click here.