Awards and recognitions
The President of the Italian Republic has conferred on Francesco Tonucci the honor of Commander of the Italian Republic.
An acknowledgment of Francesco’s immense career, his dedication to the study and advocacy of childhood, his contributions to the advancement of education and politics, his talent for giving childhood a voice through his art as a cartoonist, and the his unceasing contribution to the development of our society.
In 2020 Francesco was named as an Ashoka Fellow, a prestigious award that brings together the world’s leading social entrepreneurs who support innovative ideas that transform society, providing benefits to all and improving the lives of millions.
In 2019 Francesco received the UNICEF Spain Joaquín Ruiz-Giménez Award.
The award, as can be read in the citation, was given for the following reasons:
Doctor honoris causa of the Catholic University of Cordoba (Argentina)
Piccolo Plauto Lifetime Achievement Award Childhood Magazine – University of Bologna
Honorary doctorate from the University of Oviedo
Pajarita Award of toy makers of Spain
“….Per his defense of the importance of the game in all its fields . .”
Italian Andersen Lifetime Achievement Award
Lifetime Achievement Award from the journal Psychology and School (Florence)
Doctor honoris causa of the University of Lleida
Marta Mata Award from the “Rosa Sensat” Association of Barcelona
Honorary doctorate of the National University of Santa Fe upon the proposal of the Faculty of Humanities
Honorary doctorate from the National University of La Plata at the proposal of the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning
Gold Medal of Educational Merit of the Junta Di Andalucía (Spain)
“…for his commitment to education and childhood, through his research in educational methodology and the International Research Project “The City of Children”
Honorary Professor of the Faculty of Education at the Pontifical Catholic University of Lima (Peru).