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Confucius Literacy Prize Debuts in China
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The first-ever UNESCO award named after a Chinese figure, the Confucius Literacy Prize, will debut this September in Qufu, Confucius' hometown in eastern China's Shandong Province.


The prize, which was approved at a UNESCO Executive Board conference last year in Paris, aims to award government bodies, non-government organizations and individuals for outstanding contributions in the area of universal education.


The Shandong provincial government and the municipal government of Jining will offer US$150,000 annually for the prize, which was initiated by Chinese experts in 2001.


Confucius, who is revered in China as a legendary philosopher, educator and politician in olden times, established Confucianism and did much to spread his theories that are deemed a mainstay of Chinese traditional culture.





(CRI July 23, 2006)
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