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UNESCO celebrates the 8th of September each year as International Literacy Day, through which it promotes and raises awareness about literacy efforts around the world. As part of this, the body awards two prizes. One is the King Sejong Literacy Prize, instituted by the South Korean government, which is given to governmental agencies and NGOs for their efforts. This year's prize went to organizations in Burundi, Mexico, and Phillipines.

The other award is instituted by China, and honours groups working in rural areas and with youth. The winners this year were Room to Read (US), Collectif Alpha Ujuvi, Democratic Republic of Congo and a Honourable Mention for Dr. Punjab, (Pakistan).

This particular award is named after a famed Chinese philosopher. Who?

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