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UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al Jaber al Sabah Prize awarded to Vashkar Bhattacharjee and  Tencent

Bangladeshi disabilities’ advocate Vashkar Bhattacharjee and Chinese private sector ICT enterprise, Tencent (China) were awarded UNESCO/Emir Jaber al Ahmad al Jaber al Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.

They were awarded for there outstanding contribution to empowerment of persons with disabilities through application of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to access information and knowledge. They will be presented with award in ceremony to be at UNESCO Headquarters on occasion of International Day of Persons with disabilities (Observed on 3 December).

Key Facts

Vashkar Bhattacharjee: He was awarded in individual category. He is leading advocate on production of resources dedicated to learners with disabilities and to training of teachers in use accessible reading materials. He has successfully developed Bangladesh’s first Accessible Dictionary in four forms, dedicated to persons with visual, print and learning disabilities, and special programme of self-employment through e-micro credit support for persons with disabilities.

Tencent (China): It was awarded in organizational category. It was recognized for its outstanding contribution to empowerment of persons with disabilities by using inclusive digital technologies to provide greatly enhanced access to information. In China, Tencent products have helped persons with special needs access critical information and interact more easily with digital devices, thus improving their quality of life.

UNESCO/Emir Jaber Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities

It is awarded to persons/organisations in recognization of their outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations in promoting inclusion and enhancing lives of persons with disabilities through application of digital solutions, resources and technologies. It will be offered biennially in 2018-19 and 2020-21. It will be awarded in each biennial edition and will be given in Individual Person and Organization category. It carries monetary award of US $40,000, which is distributed equally between individual and the organizational winner. It is sponsored by Kuwait in memory of its late ruler Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

Month: Categories: India Current Affairs 2018


Ladakh restoration project wins 2018 UNESCO Asia-Pacific award for Cultural Heritage conservation

The restoration of an aristocratic house project from partial ruin state in Ladakh undertaken by LAMO (Ladakh Arts and Media Organisation) Center has won 2018 UNESCO Asia-Pacific award for Cultural Heritage conservation in Award of Distinction category. LAMO is public charitable trust established to articulate an alternative vision for the arts and media in Ladakh.

Key Facts

The restored structure is strategically located at the foot of Leh palace, contributes to continuity of historic townscape of 17th century.  Its recovery establishes precedent for conserving non-monumental urban fabric of Leh Old Town. Under restoration project, LAMO had used salvaged and local building materials and indigenous construction techniques and skillfully introduced modern amenities to assure its ongoing use.

Other Category awardees

  • Award of Excellence: It was awarded to restoration project of early 20th-century Shijo-cho Ofune-hoko Float Machiya in Japan. It celebrates Kyoto culture by safeguarding city’s endangered wooden townhouse typology as well as iconic annual Gion Festival.
  • Award of Distinction: LAMO Center, Ladakh, India
  • Award of Merit: 5 Martin Place, Sydney (Australia);  Aijing Zhuang, Fujian (China);  Commercial Bank of Honjo Warehouse, Saitama (Japan).
  • Honourable Mention: Hengdaohezi Town, Heilongjiang (China),  Rajabai Clock Tower & University of Mumbai Library Building, Mumbai (India), Ruttonsee Muljee Jetha Fountain, Mumbai (India).
  • New Design in Heritage Contexts: Kaomai Estate 1955, Chiang Mai (Thailand) and Harts Mill, Port Adelaide, (Australia).

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation

It was established in 2000. It recognizes efforts of private individuals and organizations that have successfully conserved structures and buildings of heritage value in the region. It aims to encourage other property owners to undertake conservation projects within their communities, either independently or by seeking PPP (public-private partnerships).

Month: Categories: Art & Culture