The MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship, launched in 2009, recognizes exemplary university student civic engagement programs around the world. Today the Prize is a key element in the MacJannet Foundationâ€™s work to build a community of global citizens. The prize is sponsored jointly by the MacJannet Foundation and the Talloires Network, a global association of 367 universities in 77 countries on six continents, all committed to developing student leaders who are actively engaged with society. In addition to providing international recognition to outstanding student initiatives for civic engagement and community service, the Prize provides a financial contribution and encourages communication among the groups to share their experiences and strengthen their effectiveness. For the 2016 Prize, 48 student-run programs were nominated from 38 universities in 18 countries. Out of these, three were awarded prizes last October by a selection committee consisting of respected educators from member universities of the Talloires Network along with representatives of the MacJannet Foundation. Three others were recognized for Honorable Mention.
Honorable mention: Ubunye, University of Cape Town (South Africa).
Ubunye (â€œunityâ€) is an entirely student-run program that provides educational advancement, leadership opportunities, and life-skills development and mentorship to high school students in township schools. The program provides space for high school and university students to engage in deliberative dialogue about topics such as race and community development. Multilingual Manchester Student Volunteer Scheme, University of Manchester (United Kingdom). This program promotes awareness of language diversity across the Universityâ€™s metropolitan region. It supports local institutions and communities in responding to language needs, fostering cultural and language heritage, and harness- ing language skills. Student volunteers respond to real-world problems by enabling health care providers, police, educators and other social sectors to communicate with minority and immigrant communities.