Three Philippine Public Schools Named to World's Best School Prizes Shortlist
T4 Education, a global organization that promotes initiatives, tools, and events to improve the world's quality of education, has just shortlisted three public schools in the Philippines for its World's Best School awards.
The goal of its World Best School Prizes is to "identify, recognize, and celebrate schools’ leading and innovative practices that have had a real impact on the lives of their students and of their community."
This contest is divided into five categories, namely Community Collaboration, Environmental Action, Innovation, Overcoming Diversity, and Supporting Healthy Lives. Winners will be given a share of the $250,000 (P13.3 million) total grand prize. Each school shall be given $50,000 (P2.6 million).
For the Community Collaboration category, G.L. David Memorial Integrated School in Balanga, Bataan was recognized for its local efforts. The G.L. David Memorial Integrated School expressed that, if chosen as a winner, their share will be used to improve its library and laboratory. It will also focus on well-being programs like its "KAIN PA" project. The said initiative provides free meals to students in the area, and has helped malnutrition rates drop from 12.11 percent in 2019 to 2.13 percent the following year.
Bonuan Buquig National High School in Dagupan City, Pangasinan, on the other hand, was shortlisted in the Environmental Action category. The school is known for having its students replant thousands of mangroves and initiating an International Coastal Clean-up along Bonuan Beach in 2014. If it wins, the funds will be used to build a nursery for roughly 50,000 mangrove seedlings annually.
Meanwhile, we have Malitbog National High School in Calinog, Iloilo shortlisted in the Support Healthy Lives category. The institution had previously created programs for physical, mental, and social health during the pandemic. Should it win, their prize money will go to the planned Happy and Healthy Park.
Those who have been named to the Top 10 in each category will participate in community-building initiatives. From there, finalists will be cut to three by T4 Education's Review Panel, and will undergo a recorded interview and an online advisory public vote next. Winners will be announced during World Education Week in October 2022.