A school that started in two rooms after a civil war is among five winners of the $250,000 World’s Best School Prize. Project Shelter Wakadogo, founded in 2009 after two decades of civil war, won for overcoming adversity. Located in a remote village in Gulu, northern Uganda, the school now educates more than 450 pupils, with one of the highest pupil retention rates in Uganda. Escuela Emilia Lascar in Chile won for overcoming pandemic challenges by using TV to help pupils focus on their studies. Dunoon Grammar School in Scotland, which helps connect pupils to work placements, won for community collaboration. Curie Metropolitan High School in Chicago won for supporting healthy lives. Bonuan Buquig National High School in the Philippines replanted lost mangroves to reverse environmental devastation affecting pupils who live near coastal areas and won for environmental action. Vikas Pota, founder of T4 Education and the World’s Best School Prizes, said the aim was to acknowledge “trailblazing schools from every corner of the globe so that leaders can learn from their incredible stories”.

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