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Nigerian schools to contest for $250k prize

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By Abiodun Okunloye

The World's Best School award is open to all registered teaching schools.

The competition for the World’s Best School in 2023 is now accepting applications from Nigerian schools for a shot at winning a $250,000 prize. One of the most prestigious education prizes in the world, the World’s Best School Prizes, was established by T4 Education in partnership with Accenture and American Express. These prizes recognize schools for their essential role in the formation of the next generation of society’s leaders as well as for their contribution to the advancement of society.

All schools that are officially registered with their various Ministry of Education and government regulatory authorities can participate in this competition, according to the organizers. This includes early childhood centers, kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, as well as online schools. Vikas Pota, the founder of T4 Education and the World’s Best School Prizes, urged governments to take immediate action to combat the worldwide education crisis and to make sure that access to quality education is a human right rather than a luxury good.

The event will bring lasting changes to the education sector.

According to Pota, the most effective way to get started is to conduct research with local schools to determine what approaches are successful. He added that they started the World’s Best School Prizes to start the types of discussions that ultimately led to lasting change. Pota believes that conversations between educators, in which they can learn from one another’s vital solutions, and conversations in the halls and corridors of power, in which leaders must sit up and listen to those who are on the front, are both necessary. Pota extended an invitation to all of the most prestigious schools in Nigeria to submit their applications and take part in the competition.

In order to create the systemic change required in education, the World’s Best School Prizes, in Pota’s opinion, were established as a grassroots initiative. He affirmed that the Prizes would provide inspirational schools with a global platform ability to share their best practices and assist others in replicating the innovative ideas that the schools have developed. The five categories for which schools can compete for the World’s Best School Prize are community collaboration, environmental action, innovation, overcoming Adversity, and supporting healthy lives.

Five prizes are available for schools to compete for.

During the award’s inaugural year, the Best Intellectuals Model School, which is located in Nigeria, was selected to be one of the top 10 schools on the shortlist for the World’s Best School Prize for Overcoming Adversity. However, five prizes are available for schools to compete for, including the World’s Best School Prize for Community Collaboration, the World’s Best School Prize for Environmental Action, the World’s Best School Prize for Innovation, and the World’s Best School Prize for Overcoming Adversity.

Therefore, the top 10 finalists for each award are anticipated to be revealed in June 2023, with the top three finalists being revealed in September. A judging academy made up of eminent leaders from around the world, including academics, educators, NGOs, social entrepreneurs, government, civil society, and the private sector, will select the winner of each prize based on strict criteria. Each of the five prize winners will receive an award of $50,000 and a prize totaling $250,000, which will be distributed equally among them after the winners are announced in October 2023.

The UN also aims to ensure quality education for all by 2030 with SDG4.

Moreover, the UN has already warned that the world could fail to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4 by 2030, which aims to make sure that people get a quality education, “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” and an Agenda of “a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity”, with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, with this new initiative by World’s Best School awards targeting the education sector, this could be a step further towards achieving the SDG 4 aim.

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