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MaCTec Peru receives UNESCO Prize for Girls' and Women's Education
Xiamen (China), Sep. 7.
The Mini Academy of Science and Technology – MaCTec Peru is one of the two laureates of the UNESCO Prize for Girls' and Women's Education in 2017.
UNESCO Prize for Girls' and Women's Education
rewards innovative, outstanding projects advancing girls' and women's education.
Also, it contributes to two Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): "Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all" (Goal 4) and "Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls" (Goal 5).
is commended for its "Mobile MaCTec Bus Labs/Mini Academy of Science and Technology" project to empower girls from rural areas through quality science education, and reduce the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The project has been developed in partnership with State authorities, private donors, and the academic community.
Plus, it is scalable and can be replicated in other countries.
Both MaCTec Peru and the other winner from Thailand received an award of US$50,000 each at an official ceremony in Xiamen on September 5, 2017.
Peruvian biologist —and MaCTec Peru founder— Johanna Johnson received the prize from First Lady of China Peng Liyuan, and UNESCO Special Envoy for the Advancement of Girls' and Women's Education.
Peruvian Ambassador to Beijing Juan Carlos Capuñay attended the event at the invitation of Chinese Education Ministry and UNESCO.