Five inspirational Indian schools have been named in the Top 10 shortlists for the new US$250,000 Worlds Best School Prizes, launched this year by T4 Education in partnership with Templeton World Charity Foundation, Accenture and American Express.
One of them is The Akanksha Foundations PCMC English Medium School, Bopkhel for its impact in community collaboration.
A few months ago, T4, an organization based out of the UK, initiated a Worlds Best School Prize to celebrate schools across the world, with an opportunity to recognize and share their best practices around the world. The Worlds Best School Prizes shine a spotlight on schools whose principals, teachers, and communities have demonstrated exemplary leadership and innovation to improve the education of their students in the shadow of a global pandemic.
Akanksha’s PCMC English Medium School, Bopkhel was selected after reviewing thousands of applications from schools across the world by a review panel consisting of experts in the education sector. This is a victory not just for one school but for our entire network that deeply believes in the ideology of partnering with the community.
Saurabh Taneja, the CEO of the Akanksha Foundation shares – Parents and our communities have been our partners for as long as Akanksha has existed. For the purpose of this partnership to be crystallized and presented through one school is a moment of pride and a milestone for every Akanksha school.
I want to recognize Sushma Pathares leadership in instilling and showcasing the purpose and power of our community and leveraging it by bringing together teachers, social workers, and every stakeholder with our parents.
The pandemic has shown us the difference an invested family can make in a childs development. Weve seen our parents learn so children could learn, sing so children could sing, and share who they are so their children understood them and dared to share too.
Sushma Pathare, School Leader (Principal) of PCMC English Medium School, Bopkhel shares We enabled parent voice to design and modify policies, structures, systems at a school level so that there is more ownership that parents feel towards their school.
The five Worlds Best School Prizes, founded by T4 Education in partnership with Accenture, American Express, Yayasan Hasanah, Templeton World Charity Foundation, and the Lemann Foundation, celebrate schools everywhere for the pivotal role they play in developing the next generation of learners and for their enormous contribution to societys progress especially in the wake of COVID.
Vikas Pota, Founder of T4 Education and the Worlds Best School Prizes, said:
With over 1.5 billion learners impacted by school and university closures, COVID has greatly exacerbated a global education crisis in which, even before the pandemic, the UN warned progress was already too slow to achieve universal quality education by 2030.
We have launched the Worlds 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.
I want to congratulate SVKMs CNM School, SDMC Primary School Lajpat Nagar III, Khoj School, PCMC English Medium School, Bopkhel, and Samaritan Mission School (High) for making the Top 10 shortlists for the inaugural Worlds Best School Prizes. Educators all over the world will now be able to learn from the examples of these outstanding Indian schools.