The Directorate of Literacy and Continuing Education of Rajasthan has been awarded the UNESCO's Confucius Prize for excellence in initiatives for marginalised adolescents in rural areas.
The Ministry of National Education of Morocco was also given the $20,000 Confucius Prize.
Institutions in Pakistan, Cuba and Turkey were also honoured for innovative projects to teach women, adolescents and other marginalised populations reading skills.
National Commission for Human Development of Pakistan got the $20,000 International Reading Association Literacy Prize for a national programme that provides literacy classes to adults and out-of-school children, collects data through door-to-door surveys and encourages community involvement in enrolment of children in schools.
The two $20,000 King Sejong Literacy Prizes, created by South Korea, went to the Mother Child Education Foundation (Turkey), which has developed teaching strategies for underprivileged girls, and to the Youth and Adult Literacy and Education Chair of the Latin American and Caribbean Pedagogical Institute of Cuba for its work in more than 15 countries, notably Ecuador and Venezuela.
The winners will receive their prizes on International Literacy Day on September 8.