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.
2018 #ChangeTheCulture Awards
As part of Theirworld’s International Women’s Day 2018 event, four inspiring women were acknowledged through Theirworld’s #ChangeTheCulture awards. The #ChangeTheCulture award recognises those who work to change the culture of violence against girls and women around the world.
Scottish singer, songwriter, political activist and philanthropist Annie Lennox and her organisation The Circle were also awarded for their work empowering, supporting, connecting and inspiring women to become advocates and change agents.
Global Survivor's Movement
The award was also presented to a new Global Survivors Movement working to end sexual violence in war. The movement consists of women from 14 countries around the world and Theirworld awarded two survivors, Nadia and Esperande for their efforts to #ChangeTheCulture.
BBC's Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet was also a recipient of the #ChangeTheCulture award, being honoured for bringing audiences stories from around the world for the past thirty years - and doing so from some of the most violent and terrifying situations.
2017 Inspiration Awards
Three leaders who have made outstanding contributions to give every child and young person in the world the opportunity to be educated were awarded a “Certificate of Inspiration” by Theirworld and the Global Business Coalition for Education in September 2017. The awards were presented in New York by two of Theirworld's network of Global Youth Ambassadors - Sylvia Kakyo and Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu.
UNICEF Chief Executive Anthony Lake received his award and accepted it on behalf of the staff at the UN agency, its partners and communities.
Accepting her award, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said: “Now we have a global movement for education.” She also mentioned the creation of a “paradigm shift to make governments and societies accountable to what they do for education”.
Jakaya Kikwete, former president of Tanzania and a member of the global Education Commission, accepted his award and talked about his work with the commission’s groundbreaking Learning Generation report.
2017 Theirworld Awards
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.
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. Khalida established eight women’s football teams in Afghanistan in the 2000s, despite the Taliban banning women from participating in sport or attending matches.
Syria’s female White Helmets
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. There are now more than 100 women volunteering for the White Helmets, who offer medical care, rebuild essential infrastructure and carry out search and rescue operations - all in the middle of a war zone.
2015 #UpForSchool Awards
At Theirworld's #UpForSchool Town Hall event in New York, four people were honoured for their work in promoting the right to education for all.
Shelly Esque, Vice President at Intel Corporation and Global Director of the company’s Corporate Affairs Group was honoured for investing in the issue of girls education.
Holly Gordon, co-founder and CEO of Girl Rising was honoured for drawing attention to the critical issue of girls’ education through the use of the powerful Girl Rising film.
Aliko Dangote from Nigeria was honoured for his leadership in making education a cornerstone of his philanthropic and business endeavours.
Valentino Achak Deng
Valentino Achak Deng was honoured for his transformation from "Lost Boy of South Sudan" to Minister of Education - an incredible story of perseverance, leadership and advocacy.
2014 Youth Courage Awards
These awards were presented at the launch of Theirworld'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.