Three Philippine public schools reached the final shortlist for numerous prize categories in T4 Education’s World’s Best School awards.
T4 Education is a worldwide network that was developed during the COVID-19 epidemic to aid teachers and schools in navigating “the new normal” and generally improving education for all citizens.
The World Best School Prizes on the platform aim 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.”
Winning schools will get a part of the overall grand prize of $250,000 (P13.3 million), and with five separate categories, each school will receive $50,000. (P2.6 million).
G.L. David Memorial Integrated School in Balanga, Bataan, was nominated in the Community Collaboration category, which honours schools that are collaboratively engaging with their communities to ensure the firm foundations required for students’ growth.
If G.L. David Memorial Integrated School is chosen as the winner, the prize money will be used to upgrade its library and laboratory, as well as to assist student wellness initiatives such as its KAIN PA project, which helps deliver daily free lunches to students.
The KAIN PA initiative has been a major success for the school, with malnutrition rates dropping from 12.11 percent in 2019 to 2.13 percent a year later, thanks to meals bought and frequently prepared by non-governmental organizations, government officials, and parents.
Bonuan Buquig National High School in Dagupan City, Pangasinan, was nominated in the Environmental Action category, which celebrates schools that are combating global warming by empowering students to navigate the complexities of change.
The school was chosen because its students replanted thousands of mangroves, providing new habitats and shelter for fish on which the community depends, as well as organizing an International Coastal Clean-up along Bonuan Beach in 2014.
If it wins, Bonuan Buquig National High School will construct a nursery capable of housing 50,000 mangrove seedlings each year, as well as conduct much-needed research on mangrove multiplication and preservation.
Malitbog National High School in Calinog, Iloilo, was named a finalist in the Support Healthy Lives category, which honors schools that help students live healthy lives in integrated and sustainable ways.
The school developed a program to enhance physical, mental, and social wellness throughout the epidemic. If Malitbog National High School is chosen as the winner, the prize money will be used to establish a Happy and Healthy Park where people may address concerns affecting the neighborhood.
The top ten in each category, with the other two categories being Innovation and Overcoming Adversity, will attend community-building sessions. T4 Education’s Review Panel will then filter the candidates down to the Top 3.
The remaining candidates will next be subjected to a video interview and an online advisory public vote, both of which will be judged by an independent Judging Academy. The winners will be revealed during World Education Week in October 2022.