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 and our A World at School movement have honoured several of those who have shown courage or leadership in fighting for the right of every child to go to school or to stand up for the rights of girls and women.

2017 Theirworld Awards

Theirworld President Sarah Brown with Afghan sportswoman Khalida Popal and Manal from Syria's White Helmets

Photo credit: Stuart Wilson / Getty Images for Theirworld

The humanitarian work of Syria’s female White Helmets and pioneering achievements of Afghan footballer Khalida Popal were recognised at Theirworld’s #RewritingTheCode International Women’s Day Breakfast in London.

Manal and Gardenia, two female members of Syria’s Civil Defence force, accepted the Theirworld Hope 2017 award in honour of their courageous and life-saving missions. 

Khalida Popal received recognition with the Theirworld Challenge 2017 award for her efforts to empower women and highlight the issues they face by encouraging more girls and women to get involved in sport. 

Read more about the winners.

2015 #UpForSchool Awards

Shelly Esque and Holly Gordon accept their #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.

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.

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