The International Bureau of Education is responsible for administering the Comenius Medal.
The Jan Amos Comenius Medal was created in 1992 jointly by the Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sport of the Czech Republic and the Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of the 400 th anniversary of the birth of Jan Amos Comenius (1592-1670).
This medal is intended to reward outstanding achievements carried out in the fields of educational research and innovation. The medal, together with a diploma, is awarded to individuals (teachers, researchers, directors of educational projects) or to groups of educators or researchers.
The next time the medal is awarded will be during a special ceremony at the World Conference on Higher Education (Paris, 5-9 October 1998). The deadline for the submission of candidatures is 15 May 1998.
Ministers of Education, National Commissions for UNESCO and non-governmental organizations wishing to submit names of potential candidates may obtain further information from: Comenius Medal, IBE, see address page 1.
(For a description of the life and work of Jan Amos Comenius, written by Jean Piaget, see Prospects (see page 5), vol. XXIII, No. 1/2, 1993, p. 173-96.)