T4 Education in partnership with Templeton World Charity Foundation, Accenture and American Express, announced their Top 10 shortlists for the World’s Best School Prize. West End Primary School in Mitchells Plain and Pinelands North Primary School have been nominated for the World’s Best School prize in the Overcoming Adversity schools category.
The schools will now have the opportunity to showcase their best practices and innovative approaches regarding how to overcome adversity.
Clive Arries, Principal of West End primary school said they are humbled at the nomination and everyone is excited to represent South Africa in the competition.
Pinelands North Primary School principal said the nomination validated the community’s hard work over the past 20 years.
Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga expressed delight at the announcement and believes that the schools have a lot to offer when it comes to demonstrating how to overcome adversity.
Motshekga said, “Our school communities have had to overcome many challenges, both past and present. Amidst these challenges, be it poverty, discrimination, gangsterism or violence, many of our schools rise above their social circumstances – overcoming adversity – and embracing opportunity”.
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde visited both schools on Thursday to share the news with them. Winde said it was a proud day for the province and the country.
Winde said, “To have 2 of our province’s schools shortlisted among the top 10 schools in the world in the category of "overcoming adversity" is a massive achievement, setting a benchmark not only for our province but indeed the world over”.
Western Cape Provincial Education Minister David Maynier said to make it into the top 10 in any category speaks of the work being done by principals, teachers and schools to deliver quality education.