ESCWA Digital Arabic Content Award 2021-2022 - ESCWA
31 March 2021-30 March 2022
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ESCWA Digital Arabic Content Award 2021-2022

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Link to the ESCWA DAC Award 2021-2022 Brochure on Winner Products, announced on 16 March 2022 during a special event in AFSD2022.


The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) has partnered with the World Summit Awards (WSA) to implement an award that recognizes efforts to develop digital Arabic content for sustainable development in the Arab region.  The first cycle of ESCWA DAC Award was launched in 2021 during the Arab Forum for Sustainable Development (AFSD2021) and was concluded during AFSD 2022 with the announcement of winner products in two categories - Institutions and Young Entrepreneurs. 

About the Award:

  • Delivered annually.
  • Targets institutions and young entrepreneurs from all Arab countries.
  • Highlights the benefits of digital technologies for advancing sustainable development.
  • Promotes the creation of quality content related to the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Award process was open to institutions and young entrepreneurs from Arab countries who have created digital Arabic content products that have a clear impact on society.  Institutions can be public or private, academic or non-governmental; and young entrepreneurs can be from formal startups, teams of young people, or individuals younger than 35 years.

The rules and conditions for participation were set by a joint ESCWA-WSA steering committee, and a jury of experts have evaluated the submissions and selected the winner products for the Award in its first cycle.  

The Award process included a webinar and open call for submissions through the WSA applications database, which was open from 17 June to 30 September 2021.  To facilitate the preparation of submissions, the application forms were made available in English and Arabic for both categories. 

For questions, comments and suggestions, please write to: escwa-dac@un.org

Hashtag for the award: #DAC_Award

Recordings

The announcement of winner products shows above through the top-page link to the ESCWA DAC Award special event held during AFSD2022. 

The below recordings include a short video about the Award, the webinar call for applications, and the launch during AFSD2021:

Outcome document

Eight winner products in two categories - Institutions and Young Entrepreneurs, of the ESCWA Digital Arabic Content Award 2021-2022 were announced during a special event in the Arab Forum for Sustainable Development 2022.  The Award is aimed at recognizing efforts to develop digital Arabic content for sustainable development, and it was implemented in partnership with the World Summit Awards (WSA).

The selection of winners was based on evaluation criteria related to content and innovation, technical aspects and strategic value; and the evaluation was made by a Jury and covered around 100 submitted products from 15 Arab countries.  The winner products for each category are listed below: 

Institutions category

Easy Laws: Explains the Lebanese laws, legislation, rules, and regulations, using a simple language and a comprehensive question and answer format.

KamKalima: Supports education systems and schools teaching Arabic, providing innovative and student-centered solutions that are aligned with local curricula and international standards.

Mahara-Tech: Offers rich online learning content, career awareness talks and freelancing opportunities to link between talents and market demand, within a community of experts in different specializations.

Jeel App: Offers educational and entertaining mobile content for 3- to 9-year-old children and their parents.

Madrasa e-learning Platform: Provides free educational content in Arabic on various subjects, including mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and science, in addition to Arabic language.

Young Entrepreneurs category

Alkhattat Platform: Online learning of Arabic calligraphy and arts, covering different types of calligraphy for different uses and levels of learning.

Soundeals: Produces high quality DAC and voice over services for businesses in the region, providing recordings and content services in Arabic and other languages with various dialects and accents.

Basma-Smart Education System (formerly Follow-Up Student App) (Links on Google play or Apple store) : Enables school administrations to monitor the learners’ statuses and performance and support teachers’ work in classrooms.


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