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Two South African schools recognised among top 10 best institutions in the world



Two SA schools were nominated for the 2023 World's Best School Prize

Two SA schools were nominated for the 2023 World’s Best School Prize. Rustenburg Girls’ High in Rondebosch and Spark Soweto Kindergarten and Primary in Johannesburg have made it to the prestigious top 10 shortlists. T4 Education, in collaboration with Templeton World Charity Foundation, Accenture, and American Express, revealed the shortlists on Thursday across five categories: Community Collaboration, Environmental Action, Innovation, Overcoming Adversity, and Supporting Healthy Lives, as per The Citizen.

Rustenburg Girls’ High, a government-funded institution, has been recognised in the “Supporting Healthy Lives” category for its commitment to its students’ holistic growth and success. In contrast, Spark Soweto, an independent, partially government-funded facility, has been shortlisted in the “Community Collaboration” category as a catalyst for change within its disadvantaged community, which was once symbolic of the struggle against apartheid.

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The World’s Best School Prize winners will be announced in September, and each winning institution from the five categories will receive an equal share of the $250,000 (approximately R4.6 million) grand prize. Rustenburg Girls’ High will face tough competition from schools such as Pakistan’s Beaconhouse Gulshan Campus, the UK’s Cardiff Sixth Form College, the USA’s Chester Arthur School, Brazil’s EEMTI Joaquim Bastos Gonçalves, Uruguay’s Escuela N°67 de Pueblo Olivera, the USA’s IMG Academy, India’s Shindewadi Mumbai Public School (Akanksha Foundation), and Malaysia’s Sekolah Kebangsaan Kanchong Darat.

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Spark Soweto, described by T4 as a catalyst for change in its disadvantaged community, will compete against other schools in the community collaboration category, including the UK’s ACS International School Cobham, Barham Primary School, Liberia’s Booker Washington Institute, Brazil’s Escola Municipal Professor Edson Pisani, the Philippines’ Kongkong Elementary School, India’s Nagar Nigam Pratibha Baalika Vidhyalaya F-Block, Dilshad Colony-1st, the Republic of Korea’s NLCS Jeju, and India’s Oberoi International School.

The schools that made it to the shortlist will now undergo a rigorous judging process, with the chance to win $50,000 (approximately R918,000) each in their respective categories. T4 Education and World’s Best School Prizes founder, Vikas Pota, commended Spark Soweto and Rustenburg Girls’ High, stating that schools worldwide can learn from their trailblazing stories and cultivated culture.

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Picture: Twitter / BestSchoolPrize


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