Created in 2008, the prize is an initiative of the Fundación Santillana, in collaboration with the International Book Fair of Guadalajara (FIL). The award, worth $ 100,000 in prize money, is awarded to previously unpublished works written in Spanish, within the genre of essay on a theme related to history or 21st-century thought. The jury is chaired by renowned Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes and the winning work is published by the publishing house Taurus, and subsequenly sold in Latin America, Spain and the United States.
This is a forum for discussion and debate on the current state of education. In 2010, the 25th annual forum was held, under the title Aprender para el futuro celebró el pasado año su XXV edición bajo el título Education for 2020, with the participation of the Minister of Education, Angel Gabilondo, the Minister of Science and Technology, Cristina Garmendia, the Deputy Prime Minister, Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, and the PP opposition leader, Mariano Rajoy, among others.
Since it was set up in 1979, the goal of this annual award has been to promote, honor and disseminate innovative and valuable educational experiences. Every year, a number of exemplary initiatives are recognized and honored in the hope that these will inspire other teachers and contribute to improving the quality of teaching.
The Prize has brought together excellent examples of imagination, initiative, and the skill of Spanish teachers for two decades and the success of the Prize in Spain has led it to being extended to other Latin American countries. Over the years, the contest has always had a jury comprised of leading figures from the field of education and culture.
Reading Marathon organized by the Fundación Leer (Reading Foundation). The initiative is promoted through a banner ad posted on the website and the through the donation of copies of the Leer es Genial (Reading is Fun) collection of books (Santillana) as well as other children’s titles. The 2010 marathon also saw the initiative Lectores en Red (Readers Online). The Fundación Leer (Reading Foundation) carries out activities to promote reading in schools throughout the country.
Competition: "Indigenous peoples and their cuisine”. With the aim of developing innovative educational experiences for schoolchildren that promote cuisine as an expression of identity and collective memory, the National Board of Children’s Playgrounds (JUNJI) organized the competition " Indigenous peoples and their cuisine" , with the support of Grupo Santillana,and benefiting more than 7,000 students. The competition aimed to improve the quality of education for children and young people in Chile and formed part of the activities of both companies to mark the bicentenary of Chile.
Literary contest “La lectura me atrapa” aimed at primary and secondary school students, has been held for more than ten years and is aimed at promoting reading. The initiative integrates the reading experience with knowledge and creativity to educate young readers.