Five Indian schools have been named to the top ten shortlists for the inaugural $250,000 World’s Best School Prizes, founded in the United Kingdom to honour schools around the world for their significant contributions to society’s advancement.

The concept of World’s Best School Prizes in the field of Community Collaboration, Environmental Action, Innovation, Overcoming Adversity, and Supporting Healthy Lives has started to celebrate schools 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.

Indian schools were shortlisted in different categories for the US $ 250,000. The school is mainly from Mumbai, Pune, Gujarat and Delhi. SVKM'S CNM school in Mumbai. SDMC Primary School Lajpat Nagar in New Delhi was selected for World's Best School Prize for Innovation. Khoj School from Mumbai and PCMC English Medium School, Bopkhel, in Pune were shortlisted in the Community Collaboration category. Samaritan Mission School from Howrah shortlists in the Overcoming Adversity category in Covid. This award was launched to change the education system at the grassroots.

With over 1.5 billion students affected by school and university closures, COVID has exacerbated a global education crisis that the UN warned was already too slow to achieve universal quality education by 2030, even before the pandemic,” said Vikas Pota, founder of T4 Education and the World’s Best School Prizes as quoted by a news portal. The World’s Best School Prizes were created as a grassroots solution to assist build the systemic change that is required. Schools may share their best practises and have their voices heard at the top table to help reform education by presenting the tales of inspirational schools that are altering the lives of their kids and making a meaningful difference to their communities,” he said.

T4 Education, a UK-based digital media platform, developed the World’s Best School Prizes in collaboration with Accenture, American Express, Yayasan Hasanah, Templeton World Charity Foundation, and the Lemann Foundation. Community Collaboration, Environmental Action, Innovation, Overcoming Adversity, and Supporting Healthy Lives will each have three finalists announced later this year. The winner in each category will be determined by the Judging Academy, which is comprised of notable leaders from throughout the world, following a public advisory vote.

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The winners of the World’s Best School Prizes will be announced in October during World Education Week, with a prize pool of $250,000 split equally among the five winners, each receiving a $50,000 prize. All 50 chosen schools for the five prizes will share their best practises through toolkits that display their unique ideas and step-by-step instructions on how others can imitate their methods to help enhance education everywhere, according to the framework.

List of Indian schools in the run for World's Best School-

1) Nagar Nigam Pratibha Baalika Vidhyalaya (NPBV) F-Block, Dilshad Colony-1st

2) Oberoi International School, an independent international school in Mumbai

3) The Riverside School, an independent international school in Ahmedabad, Gujarat

4) Snehalaya English Medium School, a charity school in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra

5) Shindewadi Mumbai Public School (The Akanksha Foundation)

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