Two Indian schools, one from Gujarat and the other from Maharashtra, have been selected as finalists for the prestigious $250,000 World’s Best School Prizes 2023. Snehalaya English Medium School in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, and Riverside School in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, are the two contenders.
Snehalaya English Medium School, a charitable institution, has achieved remarkable success in transforming the lives of children affected by HIV/AIDS and those from families involved in sex work. Their efforts have led to the cessation of second-generation prostitution in their district, earning them a spot among the top three finalists for the World’s Best School Prize for Overcoming Adversity 2023.
Riverside School, an internationally renowned institution, has garnered global acclaim for its student-centered approach to education, particularly through its innovative I CAN pedagogical model. This achievement has earned them a spot among the final three contenders for the World’s Best School Prize for Innovation 2023.
The World’s Best School Prizes, awarded in five categories – community collaboration, environmental action, innovation, overcoming adversity, and supporting healthy lives – honor schools worldwide for their vital role in shaping the next generation of learners and their significant contributions to societal progress, particularly in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to an official statement, a total prize pool of US$250,000 will be divided equally among the winners of the five categories, with each recipient receiving an award of US$50,000.”