KISS receives UNESCO International Literacy Prize 2022

Bhubaneshwar: Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) is granted with UNESCO International Prize for Literacy 2022. The award includes a $20,000 donation, a medal and an award. The institution received this honor at a global awards ceremony hosted by UNESCO in Côte d’Ivoire on Thursday.
KISS holds the coveted recognition as the fifth recipient from India and the first and only institute from Odisha to receive this international award. It is also the third of the Indian Non-Profit NGOs and the first Indian tribal organization to receive this award, which is a matter of pride for India, the official KISS sources said here.
The UNESCO Prize for KISS was announced by KISS founder Achyuta Samanta during the International Literacy Day celebration on the KISS campus. The announcement was met with a spontaneous burst of celebration by 30,000 KISS students.
KISS is a completely free residential education institution. It was founded by Samanta, an educator and social activist. It provides comprehensive development, vocational and sports empowerment space for 70,000 tribal children (30,000 on-campus education and 40,000 alumni).
Founded in 1993 with 125 students, it has grown into the world’s largest educational institution for tribal children. KISS cooperates with various UN bodies and international organizations. KISS is part of the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT), a university founded by Samanta.

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