The Yidan Prize Foundation, a global philanthropic educational foundation established by Tencent Holdings co-founder Charles Chen, today announced two recipients of its 2021 Yidan Prize.
The award recognizes individuals and teams who have made significant contributions to educational research and development. Professor Eric A. Hanushek, Principal Investigator at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and Dr Rukmini Banerji, Managing Director of the Pratham Education Foundation, received the 2021 Yidan Prize for Educational Research and the Yidan Prize for the development of education in recognition of the field – Groundbreaking work that deals with how to improve the quality of education and outcomes for learners at scale, the Yidan Prize Foundation said in a statement.
Each laureate will receive HK $ 30 million – approximately $ 3.9 million, half of which is a project fund – enabling a series of innovative and progressive educational projects to develop and support millions of learners in the world.
All Yidan Prize winners join the Yidan Council of Luminaries to work collaboratively with education leaders. The Council aims to shed light on the importance of restoring and rethinking education with innovative ideas, the Yidan Prize Foundation said.
Applications for the Yidan Prize 2022 will be open from October 19 to March 2022.
Click here for a 2017 profile of Chen. Tencent, headquartered in Shenzhen, China, is one of the world’s largest internet companies.
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