Director General of The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova announced the names of two laureates for the UNESCO prize for Girls' and Women's Education.
Two Laureates from Peru and Thailand were recommended by the international jury for their innovative projects which help in advancing the education of girls and women.
The Development and Education Program for Daughters and Communities Center in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region (DEPDC/GMS) in Thailand has been recognized for its project named 'Education and Life Skills Training Program to Help Stateless Children and Women Migrating from Shan State to Thailand'.
The project uses education as a tool to impart life skills training to the migrant girls and women so that they can protect themselves from the risks of sexual abuse, labor exploitation and human trafficking.
The project also helps women and girls who have fallen prey to such abuses. The project has been recognized as model which can be implemented anywhere in the world and in any country to empower women and girls.
The Mini Academy of Science and Technology - MaCTec Peru is also recognized by the international jury as a project to empower the girls in rural areas through quality education.
The project is also useful in reducing the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Each of the organization will receive an award of USD 50,000 at the official ceremony in Xiamen, People's Republic of China, on 5 September 2017.