2021 Theirworld Education Innovation Awards

Deadline: June 11, 2021.

Are you working hard to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable young people? Does your organisation have ambitions to take those ideas and projects to the next level? 

Theirworld can help you to unlock your potential. Our Education Innovation Awards 2021 will help interesting and exciting programmes prepare to scale up and reach even more marginalised children and youth. Open to non-profits, NGOs and charities,


The core themes of our Education Innovation Awards are Innovation, Investment and Inspiration.

  1. INNOVATION: For nearly 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. They value collaboration and want to work with leaders, changemakers and innovators who have exciting projects to fuel this change.
  2. INVESTMENT: Theirworld is awarding £50,000 scale-ready grants to five organisations actively working towards reaching marginalised learners in Greece, Kenya, Lebanon, Nigeria, Tanzania, Turkey or Uganda. The scale-ready grants are designed to help cover the necessary scaleup costs, generate evidence and help push pilot projects forwards.
  3. INSPIRATION: Theirworld values education at all levels and wants to ensure that participating organisations learn from this Award. They will offer targeted introductory classes to the finalists, masterclasses to the Awards winners, build connections and hone the skills needed to scale up an innovation.


o apply for the Education Innovation Awards, your innovation must be:  

  1. Registered as a nonprofit, NGO or charity 
  2. At pilot stage with 200+ beneficiaries and 18+ months’ existence and some initial evidence of scaleup potential  
  3. Working in, or planning to scale up to, one or more of the countries in which Theirworld is currently working: Greece, Kenya, Lebanon, Nigeria, Tanzania, Turkey, or Uganda.   
  4. Focused on an issue that falls under one or more of Theirworld’s three pillars:  
    1. The best start in life – includes a healthy birth, and quality and inclusive early childhood education. 
    2. A safe place to learn – means looking out for vulnerable children and youth, especially children in emergencies and conflict. 
    3. Skills for the future – ensures all young people are ready to become engaged citizens able to participate meaningfully in society and the future of work. 
  5. Reaching marginalised learners, such as people in poverty and/or refugee or displaced populations. 


They will help support pilot-stage grantees to make their innovations scale-ready, by building their skills and capacity through introductory classes, masterclasses, mentoring and £50,000 scale-ready grants.


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