Yidan Prize 2020 education award laureates announced

The philanthropic educational foundation, the Yidan Prize Foundation, has announced winners of the 2020 laureates of its two education awards.

The Yidan Prize which is the world’s largest international prize in education recognizes individuals and teams, who have contributed significantly to education research and education development. 

Professor Carl Wieman has been awarded the Yidan Prize for Education Research, while Ms Lucy Lake and Ms Angeline Murimirwa from CAMFED (Campaign for Female Education) have been granted the Yidan Prize for Education Development – the first team to be granted a Yidan prize since its inception in 2017.

Professor Carl Wieman, a Professor of Physics and Graduate School of Education and DRC Chair at Stanford University, was awarded the Yidan Prize for Education Research for his contribution in developing new techniques and tools in STEM education.

Ms Lucy Lake, Chief Executive Officer, CAMFED, and Ms Angeline Murimirwa, Executive Director – Africa,  CAMFED, on the other hand, were awarded the Yidan Prize for Education Development for their contribution to female education. Through its Learner Guide program, CAMFED provides a scalable and replicable approach to inclusive and equitable quality education for girls and young women in sub-Saharan Africa to resolve high levels of girls’ school exclusion and drop-out, lack of relatable role models, and youth unemployment.

The laureates will be recognized at an awards Presentation Ceremony and the Yidan Prize Annual Summit held virtually on 7 December. 

“Education transformation is more important than ever. The outstanding achievements and commitment of this year’s laureates demonstrate that in a post-pandemic world, education continues to be of vital importance to solving future problems and creating positive change in individuals, communities and the environment. Innovative ideas and practices are key to driving progress in education to create a better world,” said Dr Charles CHEN Yidan, Founder of Yidan Prize Foundation.

“This year has been challenging for many in the education system with COVID-19 causing unprecedented disruption to learning and to schools. It is therefore crucial that we champion people with the courage to bring educational change and reimagine the future of education.” he added.

The 2020 laureates were chosen by the Yidan Prize Judging Committee in a five-month judging process, from an extensive number of strong candidates. The geographical reach of the nominated projects this year covers 103 countries such as US, China, India, Indonesia, UK, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and many others.

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