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Pinelands North Primary School has been shortlisted in the top three for the “World’s Best School Prize” in the “Overcoming Adversity” category.


Pinelands, South Africa (22 September 2022) – Pinelands North Primary School is up for the prize of the “World’s Best School Prize” in the “Overcoming Adversity” category. The school is incredibly excited about the chance to win the title for 2022.

The World’s Best School Prize is a powerful new platform to celebrate, recognise and share the stories of schools that are transforming the lives of their students and making a real difference in their communities.

There are five categories, and a winner will be chosen in each one. The categories include “Community Collaboration”, “Environmental Action”, “Innovation”, “Overcoming Adversity” and “Supporting Healthy Lives”.

“The World’s Best School Prizes are awarded to schools that have developed expertise in five key areas, that can prove and demonstrate outstanding systems, practises and performance that impact the lives of their students and of the whole community.

We will award the winning schools with a share in the $250,000 total prize money.  Thus, each winning school will be awarded with $50,000, to keep improving their work and strengthening their school and community.”

The South African school has been nominated within the Overcoming Adversity category which recognises schools that, while facing challenges and obstacles, support and develop children in the kinds of socio-emotional skills to ensure their personal growth and of the school as a community.

Pinelands North Primary School – Pinelands, Cape Town.

The school can cater to between 300 and 500 students. If they win the prize, they hope to expand their online school to include 100 students who can then visit a satellite school site when needed. The school is a government school but has adopted its own unique pathways to nurturing young minds and inspiring change.

“The ethos of Pinelands North centres on building relationships within the school’s community and breaking down barriers. Creating an inclusive environment allows for a sense of belonging for families who don’t fit a traditional and normative family structure.

All pupils, male or female, wear the same uniforms – shorts and t-shirts, which are designed to be less traditional and more comfortable. The school has brought in gender neutral bathrooms and everyone, including teachers, is addressed by their first name. From Grade 2, students are taught sign language. When the school accepted its first transgender pupil, it provided guidance for families about gender identities and trained staff through workshops on how to guide parents to adapt to the school’s new policies.”

You can check out their Facebook page here.

Voting has opened to the public You can cast your vote for the winning school here. The voting closes in 10 days so get your vote in before the 2nd of October 2022.

Sources: T4 Education
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