BEST SCHOOL

Spark Soweto and Rustenburg Girls High, nominated for World’s Best School Prize.Image:T4Education/SparkSchool website

Two South African schools shortlisted for Worlds Best School

The winning school in each category will win $50 000 (nearly R910 000). Winners to be announced in October.

BEST SCHOOL

Spark Soweto and Rustenburg Girls High, nominated for World’s Best School Prize.Image:T4Education/SparkSchool website

Despite the recently published report on South Africa’s reading culture and struggles children aged 10 and under face in reading for understanding or lacking access to books, its not all doom and gloom. Rondebosch based Rustenburg Girls’ High School and Spark School Soweto Campus have been shortlisted for Worlds Best School Prize.

The schools are nominated in two different categories. Spark Soweto has been shortlisted for Community Collaboration while Rustenburg Girls is shortlisted in the Supporting Healthy Lives category.

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The competition run by T4 Education, revealed their top 10 in five categories. They are:

  • Community Collaboration
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Supporting Healthy Lives
  • Innovation
  • Environmental Action

SPARK SOWETO INSPIRING COMMUNITY OUTREACH

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Spark Soweto, has from its inception ensured that the community benefits from its existence, and not by just providing quality education for their kids.

According to T4 Education, the school launched a number of community initiatives to help address the challenges of its surrounding area, such as its Environmental Stewardship programme, which involved cleaning the surrounding areas and erecting permanent concrete bins to curb waste pollution.

The school also addressed local unemployment by prioritising hiring local youth who have just completed their undergraduate studies. As a result, over 60% of the staff that work at SPARK Soweto are residents of Soweto.

The nine other schools in the category are:

  • ACS International School Cobham-UK
  • Barham Primary School-UK
  • Booker Washington Institute-Liberia
  • Escola Municipal Professor Edson Pisani-Brazil
  • Kongkong Elementary School-Philippines
  • Nagar Nigam Pratibha Baalika Vidhyalaya F- Block, Dilshad Colony-1st-India
  • NLCS Jeju-South Korea
  • Oberoi International School-India
  • William Henry Burhart Elementary-USA

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RUSTENBURG GIRLS UP AGAINST TWO USA SCHOOLS

The high school is an unapologetically academically-driven school, but wants to balance this focus by leveraging South Africa’s appetite for sports and being outdoors.

The school implemented a Sports Policy that has made sports compulsory for Grade 8 and 9 learners. The policy allows learners to choose from a wide range of sports, including both competitive and social options.

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The athletic instruction itself provides one structured and one unstructured sports lesson every 10 days, meaning students have both organised and creative opportunities within the programme.

The school will be up against stiff competition in:

  • Beaconhouse Gulshan Campus-Pakistan
  • Cardiff Sixth Form College-UK
  • Chester Arthur School-USA
  • EEMTI Joaquim Bastos Gonçalves-Brazil
  • EMEB Profª Maria Aparecida De Souza Almeida Ramos-Brazil
  • Escuela N°67 de Pueblo Olivera-Uruguay
  • IMG Academy-USA
  • Shindewadi Mumbai Public School (Akanksha Foundation)-India
  • Sekolah Kebangsaan Kanchong Darat-Malaysia

In September the top three will be announced, with the final winner revealed in October.

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