The inaugural Yidan Prize laureates accepted their awards at the Yidan Prize Award Presentation Ceremony held at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 10 December 2017. Each laureate received a gold medal from The Honorable Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, GBM, GBS, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and a sum of HK$30 million each (about US$3.87 million) including a cash prize of HK$15 million (US$1.9 million) and a project fund of HK$15 million (US$1.9 million).
Carol S. Dweck, Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, the United States, has 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 profoundly influenced education psychology. “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,” Dweck said.
Vicky Colbert, founder and director of Fundación Escuela Nueva, Colombia, was awarded the Yidan Prize for Education Development. Her project Escuela Nueva (“New School” in Spanish) is a pedagogical model that has transformed education at rural schools in Colombia and has been adopted by 14 countries, reaching over 5 million 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.
The event was attended by world leaders including H.E. Dr Ahmed Al-Eissa, Minister of Education, Saudi Arabia; Cherie Blair, Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women; Jaime Saavedra, Senior Director, Education, World Bank Group; and among other prominent guests.