Five trailblazing Indian schools named in Top 10 shortlists for World’s Best School Prizes 2024 – the highest of any country globally

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India, June 13, 2024: Five inspirational Indian schools have been named in the Top 10 shortlists for the World’s Best School Prizes 2024 – the highest number of any country globally alongside the UK. The five World’s Best School Prizes, founded by T4 Education in collaboration with Accenture, American Express, and the Lemann Foundation, are the world’s most prestigious education prizes and this year’s winners will share a $50,000 prize fund.

CM RISE School, Kalyanpura, Jhabua, a government school in Jhabua, India, which is integrating health education, nutritional meals, and community engagement to uplift children from Scheduled Tribes from poverty, has been named in the Top 10 shortlist for the World’s Best School Prize for Supporting Healthy Lives.

Ryan International School, Vasant Kunj, an independent kindergarten through secondary school in New Delhi, India, which tackles water scarcity and pollution through innovative projects like hydroponics and biogas plants, has been named in the Top 10 shortlist for the World’s Best School Prize for Environmental Action.

CM RISE School Vinoba, Ratlam, a state kindergarten through secondary school in Ratlam, India, which is a beacon of innovation in public education, originally founded for tribal girls in an urban slum community hesitant to embrace formal education, has been named in the Top 10 shortlist for the World’s Best School Prize for Innovation.

Kalvi International Public School, an independent school in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India, which transforms lives through education and sports, empowering students from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve excellence, has been named in the Top 10 shortlist for the World’s Best School Prize for Community Collaboration.

Mumbai Public School L.K. Waghji International (IGCSE), a state kindergarten and primary school in Mumbai, India, which has taken significant strides to foster healthy lifestyles among its students by cutting out junk food, has been named in the Top 10 shortlist for the World’s Best School Prize for Supporting Healthy Lives.

The five World’s Best School Prizes – for Community Collaboration, Environmental Action, Innovation, Overcoming Adversity, and Supporting Healthy Lives – were established in the wake of COVID in 2022 to give a platform to schools that are changing lives in their classrooms and far beyond their walls, sharing their best practices to help improve education everywhere.

The winners of the five Prizes will be chosen by an expert Judging Academy based on rigorous criteria. In addition, all 50 shortlisted schools across the five Prizes will also take part in a Public Vote, which opened today. The school which receives the most public votes will receive the Community Choice Award and membership to T4 Education’s Best School to Work programme to help them support teacher wellbeing and solve the teacher recruitment and retention crisis.

Vikas Pota, Founder of T4 Education and the World’s Best School Prizes, said:

“Unless we solve the urgent challenges global education faces – from learning gaps exacerbated by COVID to chronic underfunding and the growing teacher wellbeing, recruitment and retention crisis – we will have failed the next generation.

“Trailblazing Indian schools like CM RISE School, Kalyanpura, Jhabua; Ryan International School, Vasant Kunj; CM RISE School Vinoba, Ratlam; Kalvi International Public School; and Mumbai Public School L.K. Waghji International (IGCSE), which have cultivated a strong culture and aren’t afraid to innovate, show the difference that can be made to so many lives. Schools everywhere can now learn from their solutions, and it’s time governments do so as well.”

Jill Huntley, Managing Director – Global Corporate Citizenship, at Accenture, said:

“Congratulations to Ryan International School, Vasant Kunj in India on being named among the Top 10 shortlisted schools for the World’s Best School Prize for Environmental Action 2024. Your vital work brings hope that solutions can be found to some of the greatest challenges we face today. Through the platform of the World’s Best School Prizes, your solutions will now inspire countless others across the globe from the classrooms to the administration.

“Accenture is proud to be a part of T4 Education’s initiative in empowering the next generation to tackle global sustainability challenges by increasing access to and use of the latest technologies and innovative practices.”