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UNESCO Awards Colombian Educator's Inclusive Work

  • A group of kids attends school, Paraguachon, Colombia, Oct. 30, 2019

    A group of kids attends school, Paraguachon, Colombia, Oct. 30, 2019 | Photo: Twitter/ @ACNURamericas

Published 7 December 2020

Eduardo Perez was recognized for his pioneering technological tools for users with visual and hearing disabilities. 

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) awarded Colombian educator Eduardo Perez with the "Emir Jaber al Ahmad al Jaber al Sabah" Prize in recognition of his work in developing technology-based resources for people with visual and hearing disabilities.


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The Prize was granted based on his pioneering technological and educational tools for sign language users in the Spanish-speaking world, which are distributed free of charge in Colombia.

Perez sought to include students with disabilities in the educational process by creating learning resources using gamification to make educational content appealing, while also promoting student's autonomy and proficiency.

He was previously recognized with the "Best Teacher of Iberoamerica Award" in 2018 and "Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert" in 2019.

The Al Sabah Prize for the Digital Empowerment of People with Disabilities aims to honor individuals and organizations every two years in recognition of their contribution to the promotion of inclusion of people with disabilities. 

This year, UNESCO also awarded the Qatari Mada organization - Assistive Technology Center.

The award ceremony has been postponed until March 23 next year in Paris due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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