The Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV) received the International Prize of the US Library of Congress for its significant work in literacy in Turkey. The International Prize is one of three prizes presented by the 2014 Library of Congress Literacy Awards to honors organizations that have made a significant and measurable contribution to increasing literacy levels. AÇEV is one of the leading actors in adult literacy advancement in Turkey, having trained over 140,000 individuals in basic reading and writing skills while serving as a repository of innovation and best practices for the Ministry of National Education’s (MoNE) programs. AÇEV has developed and implemented education programs tackling early literacy, family literacy and adult literacy within Turkey and abroad for over twenty years.
The Library of Congress Literacy Awards seek to reward those organizations that have been doing exemplary, innovative and easily replicable work over a sustained period of time and to encourage new groups, organizations and individuals to become involved. The Library of Congress launched the three literacy awards in 2013. This year applications from 30 countries were evaluated by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington in consultation with an advisory board. The prizes will be presented at a ceremony in Washington in October.
Ayla Göksel, Vice President of AÇEV remarked “The award of the US Library of Congress is very meaningful and we share this honor with all of our volunteer trainers and our supporters. The International Prize will enable us to invest in programs providing literacy training through web-based and mobile technologies to improve literacy levels in Turkey and help bridge the digital divide.”
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