LONDON, 15th June (PTI) — Five inspiring Indian schools from Delhi, Gujarat and Maharashtra were shortlisted among the top 10 in various categories for the second annual $250,000 World The Best Schools Awards, held in the UK to celebrate the enormous contribution that schools around the world have made to the progress of society.
The five World’s Best Schools Awards – Community Partnerships, Environmental Action, Innovation, Overcoming Adversity and Supporting Healthy Living – recognize the critical role schools play in preparing the next generation of learners, and their enormous contribution to social progress, especially In the wake of COVID.
This year’s India shortlist includes schools from Delhi, Gujarat and Maharashtra vying for the award – UK-based T4 Education was launched last year and has partnered with Accenture, American Express, Yayasan Hasanah and the Lehmann Foundation organize.
“Schools across the globe will learn from these pioneering Indian institutions and the culture they foster,” said Vikas Pota, founder of T4 Education and the World’s Best Schools Awards.
“Schools shortlisted for the World’s Best Schools Awards, no matter where they are or what they teach, have one thing in common – they all have a strong school culture; their leaders know how to attract and motivate exceptional educators, inspire change and Create an excellent teaching and learning environment,” he said.
Indian schools selected include Nagar Nigam Pratibha Baalika Vidhyalaya (NPBV) F-Block, Dilshad Colony-1st, a public school in Delhi, entered the Community Collaboration category for breaking traditional models for providing community-based intervention and support Bridging Teachers, Divide between students and parents.
Shortlisted in the same category is Oberoi International School, an independent international school in Mumbai that aims to bring hope, empathy and shared possibility to its students and the surrounding community.
Riverside School, an independent international school located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, has received worldwide acclaim for its pioneering, student-centred approach to education, particularly through its ‘I Can’ teaching model. Recognized, has been shortlisted for the World’s Best School Award for innovation.
Snehalaya English Medium School, a charity school in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, has changed the lives of children living with HIV/AIDS and children from sex worker families and ended Second Generation Prostitution in the area, has been shortlisted for the World’s Best School Award for Overcoming Adversity.
Finally, Shindewadi Mumbai Public Schools (Akanksha Foundation), a charter school in Mumbai, is running in the Support Healthy Living category for its attempt to reverse the effects of post-lockdown post-lockdown immunity and malnutrition in its student body and wider community.
Established in 2022 by digital media platform T4 Education, the awards share the best practices of schools that are changing students’ lives and making a real difference in their communities. The top three finalists for the five World’s Best School Awards will be announced in September, followed by the winners in October.
T4 Education said the winners of each award will be selected based on rigorous criteria by a “Academy of Reviewers” made up of outstanding global leaders including academics, educators, NGOs, social entrepreneurs, governments, Civil society and the private sector.
The $250,000 prize will be split among the five prize winners, each receiving $50,000.
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