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Yidan Prize held its inaugural award ceremony on Dec 10, 2017
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Welcome remarks by Dr Charles Chen Yidan
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Carol S. Dweck, Yidan Prize for Education Research Inaugural Laureate
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Vicky Colbert, Yidan Prize for Education Development Inaugural Laureate
HONG KONG, Dec 11, 2017 - (ACN Newswire) - The Yidan Prize honoured its inaugural laureates on Sunday, bestowing their awards at the first Yidan Prize Award Ceremony, in Hong Kong. The laureates, Professor Carol S. Dweck of Stanford University and Vicky Colbert of the Fundacion Escuela Nueva, Columbia, were presented with the awards by the Honorable Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, GBM, GBS, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR.

The laureates each received a gold medal and a total sum of HK$30 million (US$3.9 million), including a cash prize of HK$15 million and a project fund of HK$15 million, in recognition of their transformative contributions to global education, and helping to fund their future work. The prize is managed by Yidan Prize Foundation and governed by an independent trust with an endowment of HK$2.5 billion (US$320 million).

Carol S. Dweck, the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, received the Yidan Prize for Education Research. Her groundbreaking research on the power of the "growth mindset", based upon the belief that intelligence is not fixed and can be developed over time, has become an influential concept in the field of education.

"It is a great honor to receive the Yidan Prize for Education Research and I accept it on behalf of my extraordinary students and colleagues. It is their work as much as mine. It is critical for educators to know that we cannot nourish the mind without the heart. We cannot expect good learning - joyful and effective learning - to happen in a mind that is disconnected from the heart. And we cannot expect our students to create the world of tomorrow, the world that we hope for, without a heart-mind that connects them to each other, to the larger society, and to the planet as a whole," Dweck said.

Vicky Colbert, founder and director of Fundacion Escuela Nueva, Colombia, was awarded the Yidan Prize for Education Development. Her project Escuela Nueva ("New School" in Spanish) has improved the quality of education at rural public schools in Colombia since the mid-1970s. The pedagogical model has also been adopted by 14 countries, reaching over 5 million children.

"I am honored and deeply moved to receive this prestigious education Yidan Prize for Education Development. The recognition that we receive through this prestigious award is a further motivation to continue our commitment to the cause of basic education of high quality for all children. At Escuela Nueva Foundation in Colombia and many other countries of the world we work to establish affordable schools of excellent quality where children, teachers and parents are empowered to learn and contribute to a culture of peace and citizenship in their environment," Colbert said.

Presenting the awards, CE Mrs Lam said, "The Yidan Prize gives us much to look forward to in education excellence. And for this, I am grateful to Dr Chen, the Yidan Prize Foundation and the international judging committee for their commitment to global education and educators, and for their contribution to the sustainable development of the world we live in. My congratulations to this year's laureates, Professor Dweck and Ms Colbert, for their distinguished achievements. Working together, I know we can create a better world through education."

Dr Charles Chen Yidan, founder of the Yidan Prize, said, "The Yidan Prize aims to empower educators to transcend religion, race and nationality, to exert far-reaching, positive influence over humanity, and ultimately, to help create a better world. I congratulate the laureates and nominees alike for their achievements to date. I hope that the laureates' practical experience and research findings can be applied more extensively, expanding their impact, and benefiting more people."

Established in 2016, the Yidan Prize recognizes individuals whose work transforms education in innovative ways that can be scaled and adopted around the world, with the goal of providing access to quality education for all. The judging committee, chaired by Dr Koichiro Matsuura, former director-general of UNESCO, is comprised of independent judging panels, for the Yidan Prize on Education Research, and for the Yidan Prize on Education Development.

Nominations for the 2018 Yidan Prize are currently open, and will be accepted until March 31, 2018. To nominate, visit http://nomination.yidanprize.org.

Visit the Yidan Prize Foundation at www.yidanprize.org or contact Lawrence Lui on +852 2155 1582 or by email at lawrence@yidanprize.org.

*Top photo from left: Mr Clive Lee, Chief Executive Officer of Yidan Prize Foundation; Carol S. Dweck, Yidan Prize for Education Research Inaugural Laureate; The Honorable Mrs Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of HKSAR, GBM, GBS; Vicky Colbert, Yidan Prize for Education Development Inaugural Laureate; Dr Charles Chen Yidan, Founder of the Yidan Prize.

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