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Deadline approaching, 2015 ALAS-IDB Award

ALAS NEWS. Bogotá, Colombia, April 20th, 2015. The call to proposals for the third edition of the ALAS-IDB Awards comes to a close on April 30th. These awards recognize the commitment of individuals and institutions working for early childhood development in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Since the launch of this initiative in 2012, we have received over 1,400 nominations, which shows the hard work being done in the region for child development. The awards, which are granted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and ALAS Foundation, led by international artist Shakira, honors the best practices in four categories: Best Educator, Best Center, Best Publication and Best Innovation in the field of early childhood development. In addition, honorary mentions are given to nominees whose work was outstanding.

From her Twitter account, Shakira extends an invitation to all interested parties to submit their application as soon as possible. The Colombian artist wrote: “Just 15 days left to nominate the most extraordinary educators you know to the Premios ALAS-BID. Participate now! @MovimientoALAS”.

Innovative experiences in Argentina, Brazil, Belize, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay and Peru have received recognition. The evaluation criteria to identify the winners include factors such as infrastructure, educational achievement, quality, management structure and the impact on the community. The group of judges is made up of experts in early childhood development and specialists form ALAS and the IDB, who will visit the final nominees during the last stretch.

ALAS Foundation’s Executive Director, Juan Antonio Pungiluppi, said: “this space for recognition is a good opportunity to highlight high impact initiatives and is also an opportunity to incentivize replicating these best practices elsewhere in the region. These awards also seek to provide a platform to generate new commitments and combine efforts to achieve comprehensive quality care for young children”.

To participate or for more information please visit the following website

Download the image of the 2014 ALAS-IDB Award winners from this link

About the ALAS-IDB Awards

The ALAS-IDB Awards were created in 2012 and they are the first award of their kind in Latin America that honors professionals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to early childhood development in the region.

Last year’s winners were: Joanna Loeber from Colombia, with her book El Grandulón Tristón (The Big Sad Boy) which tells a story about a boy who is sad because he is different and this leads him on a journey of personal discovery; Fundação Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal, of Brazil, working for children to receive comprehensive services in health, nutrition and education; the Institute for Blind and Deaf Children of Valle del Cauca, Colombia offers comprehensive services in health, rehabilitation, nutrition and education to children with visual and hearing impairments; and María Belén Camacho, Ecuadorian educator who provides services to about thirty children and their families with various diagnoses (down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, learning and attention difficulties, epilepsy, etc.).

About ALAS Foundation

ALAS was created in 2006 as a social movement that mobilizes the different sectors of Latin American society about the importance of care and attention in infancy and implementation of public policies to achieve universal access to health care, nutrition and education for children between age 0 and 6 and their families living in extreme vulnerability. Through the promotion of Early Childhood Development (ECD) the Foundation seeks to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty by reaping benefits of these initiatives that assist the most vulnerable families and children in the region (



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