Two Malaysian Trust Schools have been named in the Top 10 shortlists for the new $250,000 World’s Best School Prizes, launched this year by T4 Education in partnership with Yayasan Hasanah, Templeton World Charity Foundation, Accenture and American Express.
Sekolah Kebangsaan Kempadang, a primary school in Kuantan, Malaysia, has been named in the Top 10 shortlist for World’s Best School Prize for Innovation. SMK Kampong Jawa, a secondary school in Klang, Malaysia, has been named in the Top 10 shortlist for the World’s Best School Prize for Overcoming Adversity.
The five World’s Best School Prizes celebrate schools everywhere for the pivotal role they play in developing the next generation of learners and for their enormous contribution to society’s progress especially in the wake of COVID.
Dato’ Shahira Ahmed Bazari, Founding Trustee & Managing Director of Yayasan Hasanah, said, “We are honoured to be one of the sponsors for this inaugural global prize by T4 Education. This is a valuable initiative that recognises and promotes ‘bottom-up’ transformation and creates a global community who can learn from each other and create a groundswell of positive impact for students around the world.
Vikas Pota, Founder of T4 Education and the World’s Best School Prizes, said,“We have launched the World’s Best School Prizes as a grassroots solution to help build the systemic change needed. By telling the stories of inspirational schools that are transforming the lives of their students and making a real difference to their communities, schools can share their best practices and have their voices heard at the top table to help transform education.
The Top 3 finalists for each of the five World’s Best School Prizes – for Community Collaboration, Environmental Action, Innovation, Overcoming Adversity, and Supporting Healthy Lives – will be announced later this year. After a public advisory vote, the winner of each Prize will be chosen based on rigorous criteria by a Judging Academy comprising distinguished leaders all across the globe including academics, educators, NGOs, social entrepreneurs, government, civil society, and the private sector.
The winners will be announced in October 2022 at World Education Week. A prize of US$250,000 will be equally shared among the winners of the five Prizes, with each receiving an award of US$50,000.
All 50 shortlisted schools across the five Prizes will share their best practices through toolkits that showcase their “secret sauce” to innovative approaches and step-by-step instructions on how others can replicate their methods to help improve education everywhere.