KISS gets UNESCO International Literacy Prize 2022


Bhubaneswar: Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) has been conferred with UNESCO International Literacy Prize 2022. The prize carries an endowment of 20,000 US dollars, a medal and a citation. The institution got this honour at a global award ceremony organised by UNESCO in Côte d’Ivoire on Thursday.
KISS has the coveted recognition to be the fifth recipient from India and the first and only institute from Odisha to receive this International honour. It is also the third among the Indian non-profit NGOs and first Indian tribal-based organisation to be conferred with this award, which is a matter of pride for India, said the KISS official sources here.
The UNESCO prize for KISS was announced by KISS Founder Achyuta Samanta during the celebration of International Literacy Day at the KISS campus. The announcement was met with a spontaneous outpouring of celebration by 30,000 KISS students.
KISS is a fully free residential education institution. It was founded by Samanta, an educationist and social activist. It provides scope for comprehensive development, vocational and sports empowerment for 70,000 tribal children (30,000 children pursuing education at campus and 40,000 alumni).
Founded in 1993 with 125 students, it has grown on to become the world’s largest educational institution for tribal children. KISS has collaborations with various UN bodies and international organisations. KISS is a constituent unit of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), a deemed to be university founded by Samanta.





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