Many people, from business leaders to young activists, make a difference every day in the lives of people struggling to get an education and fulfil their potential. 

Theirworld's A World at School movement has honoured several of those who have shown courage or leadership in fighting for the right of every child to go to school.

Shelly Esque and Holly Gordon accept their #UpForSchool awards

2014 Youth Courage Awards

These awards were presented at the launch of A World at School's #UpForSchool Petition in New York. Nine young people, aged 17 to 27, from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Each struggled for the rights of young people to go to school and to overcome obstacles to education such as child marriage, discrimination and disabilities. The awards were presented by the Office of the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education. 

Read about the winners.

2015 #UpForSchool Awards

At A World at School's #UpForSchool Town Hall event in New York, four people were honoured for their work in promoting the right to education for all. They were:

Aliko Dangote, from Nigeria for his leadership in making education a cornerstone of his philanthropic and business endeavours.

Valentino Achak Deng, for his transformation from "Lost Boy of South Sudan" to Minister of Education - an incredible story of perseverance, leadership and advocacy.

Shelly Esque, Vice President at Intel Corporation and Global Director of the company’s Corporate Affairs Group, for investing in the issue of girls education.

Holly Gordon, co-founder and CEO of Girl Rising for drawing attention to the critical issue of girls’ education through the use of the powerful Girl Rising film.

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