The UNESCO-Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers was established in 2008 and funded by his Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum. The purpose of the Prize is to support, encourage and benefit those working to enhance the performance and effectiveness of teachers towards Education for All (EFA), and to showcase and facilitate the global sharing and dissemination of outstanding practices related to teachers.
Every two years, the Prize reward three candidates from around the world who have shown outstanding achievement in enhancing the performance and effectiveness of teachers in developing countries or within marginalized or disadvantaged communities from the wider global context.
The Prize, generously supported by H.H Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates. The value of the Prize is US $300,000, divided between three winners. The value of each award shall thus be US $100,000.
Candidates may be individuals representing institutions or organizations; international or national governmental or non-governmental organizations (NGOs); educational or research institutions and local/national/regional communities.