Theirworld Innovation Awards

Unlocking innovation with Theirworld

Theirworld’s Education Innovation Awards are our flagship accelerator and grant programme for exciting new pilots developed by nonprofits around the world. Now in its third year, the programme has supported eight high-potential innovations and shared insight and skills with over 200 other education innovators, impacting over 2 million learners.

Current and previous award winners:

Cohort 1

  • AREAi
  • Children on the Edge
  • Lebanese Alternative Learning
  • Nabu
  • Ubongo

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Cohort 2

  • Book Dash
  • Seenaryo
  • The Creative Kids Zone

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Cohort 3

  • Amal Alliance
  • Bedaya Association for Charity
  • Madrasa Early Childhood Programme
  • Maple Leaf Early Years Foundation
  • Škola dokorán – Wide Open School
  • Tanzania Early Childhood Education and Care
  • The Society of Queen Rania Foundation for Education and Development

Meet the winners here

Innovation, Investment, Inspiration


For 20 years Theirworld has been partnering with organisations to help every child have the best start in life, a safe place to learn and skills for the future.

We value collaboration and want to work with leaders, changemakers and innovators who have exciting projects to fuel this change.


Theirworld is awarding £50,000 scale-ready grants to seven organisations actively working towards reaching marginalised learners. Projects can come from any country.

The grants are designed to help cover the necessary scaleup costs, generate evidence and help push pilot projects forward.


Theirworld values education at all levels and wants to ensure that participating organisations learn from this Award.

We will offer an intensive masterclass programme and bespoke mentoring to the Awards winners, to help them build connections and hone the skills needed to scale up an innovation.

Benefits of the programme

What’s included:

  • Masterclasses
  • Bespoke mentoring
  • Scale-ready grant

Innovation is key to ending the global education crisis. We need new ways to deliver education and to achieve Theirworld’s mission of unlocking big change.

Theirworld Chair, Sarah Brown

What previous winners have valued most:

Carving out time. Our programme will help you step outside the daily whirlwind, and take time to reflect and plan ahead, supported by high-quality technical experts and mentors.

Developing your team. The masterclasses and mentoring, and the tools that accompany them, will build your team’s knowledge and skills.

Investment. The scale-ready grant is designed to help you develop your pilot, invest in evaluation and complete other activities to prepare for scaleup.