AfriKids has been named a high 10 finalist for the Klaus J. Jacobs Greatest Observe Prizes 2022, a set of three awards every price CHF 200,000 ($208,000) that honour excellent achievement and apply in advancing high quality schooling.
AfriKids is a number one grassroots group for youngsters in northern Ghana. It’s a partnership between a charity registered in England and Wales, and an NGO registered in Ghana.
The three recipients of this 12 months’s Greatest Observe Prizes might be introduced at a ceremony in Zurich on 30 September 2022. For the primary time, the ten finalists will convene for a co-creation occasion, going down on 1 October 2022. They may alternate information and concepts on advancing studying and can have the chance to accomplice with different shortlisted candidates to develop proposals for brand new initiatives. Two ideas will obtain follow-on funding of as much as CHF 150,000 ($156,000) every.
Awarded each different 12 months, the Klaus J. Jacobs Greatest Observe Prizes acknowledge non-profits, companies, and social ventures which might be bringing forth revolutionary options to a few of schooling’s greatest challenges.
Fabio Segura and Simon Sommer, co-CEOs of the Jacobs Basis, mentioned:
“We need to warmly congratulate AfriKids on changing into a high 10 finalist for the Klaus J. Jacobs Greatest Observe Prizes 2022. These prizes have been created to showcase the groundbreaking work that companies, social ventures, and non-profits all around the globe are doing to make sure kids have entry to high quality schooling. There may be not a second to lose. By bringing to mild the proof of what works we are able to use it to implement options that may be tailor-made to learners’ various particular person wants.
“Within the age of COVID, additionally it is vital to share concepts and proof of what works on the bottom to assist shift coverage, notably as schooling techniques adapt to a brand new and unfamiliar terrain. That’s the reason we’re launching this new follow-on collaboration funding of as much as CHF 150,000. We sit up for bringing collectively all 10 Greatest Observe Prize finalists for our co-creation occasion, and we are able to’t wait to see what inspiring ideas they give you collectively.”
Charlie Hay, CEO of AfriKids, mentioned:
“We’re so thrilled to be acknowledged as a high 10 finalist for this prestigious award, notably as it’s primarily based on such rigorous standards. We wish to thank the Jacobs Basis for shining a lightweight on the vital work that organizations around the globe are doing to advance schooling, and we sit up for exchanging concepts with all of the superb 2022 Greatest Observe Prize finalists.
“We hope to make use of this unimaginable platform to share our learnings, and empower much more native communities in northern Ghana and throughout the globe to maintain weak kids wholesome, secure, and in class.”
AfriKids promotes the rights of all kids in Ghana, with a concentrate on their rights to be wholesome, secure and study – rights that many kids don’t get pleasure from. Over 600,000 of Ghana’s kids are out of college, 94% of them expertise violence, baby labour, baby marriage, poor entry to high quality healthcare and excessive charges of mom and baby mortality and morbidity are commonplace.
AfriKids additionally empowers folks in distant communities who are sometimes disenfranchised from public companies and the help of mainstream NGOs. The strategy relies on listening to native folks and empowering them to make sustainable modifications themselves. AfriKids’ schooling program empowers households to elevate themselves out of poverty whereas working with faculties and schooling stakeholders to make sure all kids have entry to high quality fundamental schooling, particularly probably the most marginalized.
Since 2002, this mannequin has helped enhance 837 faculties and help over 300,000 kids to study. AfriKids’ locally-led strategy has achieved unprecedented outcomes on a few of the most complicated points kids face – particularly people who require a long-term dedication to perspective and conduct change throughout various stakeholders. For instance, it has helped 58 communities eradicate a dangerous conventional perception in “spirit kids” and estimates this has saved the lives of 1,320 kids, lots of whom have disabilities, who would in any other case have been killed for being totally different. AfriKids’ present ‘1 Million Smiles’ technique is aligned to the UN’s Sustainable Growth Targets and helps Ghana’s dedication to making sure the rights of each baby. AfriKids is increasing its initiatives into extra “demonstration districts” of northern Ghana, producing proof for nationwide and worldwide advocacy to affect coverage and wider change.
Klaus J. Jacobs Greatest Observe Prizes
Functions for the Greatest Observe Prizes 2022 opened on 6 January and closed on 10 February 2022. Recipients should display excellent achievement in advancing studying and schooling, and embrace variability in studying. Their initiatives ought to draw on scientific proof, use a transparent outcomes framework, and have to be sustainable, scalable, and financially viable. Lastly, they have to construct on robust management and accomplice networks.
In reminiscence of its founder, the entrepreneur Klaus J. Jacobs, who handed away in 2008, the Jacobs Basis presents two awards each different 12 months for distinctive achievements in analysis and apply within the subject of kid and youth growth and studying. The Klaus J. Jacobs Analysis Prize rewards scientific work that’s extremely related to society, and the Klaus J. Jacobs Greatest Observe Prizes honor distinctive dedication and revolutionary options of establishments or people.