Schools from Scotland, Uganda, Chile, the Philippines and the United States won the inaugural “World’s Best School Awards” on Wednesday for their feats including saving mangroves and expanding classrooms in a war affected area.
The five schools shared $250,000 for their support of students and communities, especially during the pandemic, in awards organized by the global organization T4 Education.
Dunoon Grammar School in Scotland won in the community engagement category for its skills-based courses such as travel and tourism, design and maritime studies, aimed at curbing the brain drain.
The Emilia Lascar School in Peñaflor, in Chile, won in the innovation category for its “Emilia TV” program, which addresses issues such as mental health or gender identity.
The Bonuan Buquig National School in Dagupan City, Philippines, took the environmental award for helping to rehabilitate lost mangroves and provide new habitats for fish.
The Wakadogo Shelter Project in northern Uganda went from having two classrooms to schooling 450 students, winning the prize for overcoming adversity after locals secured land, leveled roads and planted vegetables for the school meals in an area that suffered from the civil war.
Chicago’s Metropolitan Curie Institute won the award for Supporting Healthy Living for offering an arts program to students, many of whom are minorities, as well as integrated health services.
Founded during the pandemic, T4 brings together teachers from around the world through a digital platform that provides tools and initiatives for education.