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Title [Centre News] Hosting of the 2022 UNESCO ICM Martial Arts Education Prize Award Ceremony
The award ceremony of the 2022 UNESCO ICM Martial Arts Education Prize that awards individuals, groups and organizations for their achievement in youth, women empowerment and positive changes was held on the 15th of November, 2022.
Second of its' kind, the martial arts education prize has received recommendation of candidates from governmental and non-governmental organizations, martial arts and sports relevant bodies. A total of 28 cases were recommended from 21 countries including Bangladesh, Iran, Nigeria and so on.
Evaluation on contribution, innovation, sustainability, etc. were made. Blanquerna, the sports sciences faculty in Ramon Llull University of Spain has been selected as the final winner for their AUTJUDO (Adapted Judo for Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder) project with the funding of ERASMUS+.
For the empowerment of children in need, Blanquerna has created a Judo program that meet the demands of people with ASD. The program has helped improve accessibility to physical activity for 287 participants in total 6 countries. Other activities include research on the adapted Judo competition system, hosting of international seminars, publication of pedagogical guidelines and much more.
The award ceremony was held during the International Seminar and laureates of the prize will make presentations about their good practices for the spread and sharing of exemplary cases on using martial arts for quality education.
Blanquerna, along with the 2021 laureate for the prize, Kung Fu Nuns, had met with the Korea Judo Federation for Disabled, gave special lectures at local children's center, and engaged in cultural touring during their stay in Korea.