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“I feel amazing!” Theirworld Global Youth Ambassador Jeremiah Thoronka wins $100,000 student prize

Jeremiah Thoronka is a remarkable young man. He grew up in a single-parent family in a slum community in war-torn Sierra Leone. But he channelled his challenging childhood into inventing a device that uses energy from traffic and pedestrians to generate clean power. Now it provides free electricity to schools.

Jeremiah’s inspiring story doesn’t stop there. He has been named as the winner of the first Global Student Prize, which is worth $100,000.

“I feel amazing,” said the 21-year-old when he heard the news. So he should. At Theirworld, we’re particularly proud of Jeremiah and his achievements - because he is one of our Global Youth Ambassadors (GYAs). They're a network of passionate and hardworking young activists across the world who believe in quality education for all.

Two other GYAs made it to the final 50 of the Global Student Prize. A huge congratulations to them all.


Are you a former Global Youth Ambassador?

Were you a part of Theirworld’s initiative A World at School? Did you meet fellow education activists that you’re still in contact with? If you are a former Global Youth Ambassador, we would love to hear from you. Share with us your updates, projects and news since graduating from the programme.


End the climate crisis? We must first teach every child about its dangers

As COP26 wraps up in Glasgow, there is a sense of missed opportunity. In a thought-provoking blog, Theirworld President Justin van Fleet examines the vital links between the climate emergency and the need for quality education - and argues that we cannot solve one without the other.

He says: “COP26 was the ideal moment to make the argument that we will never find lasting solutions to saving our planet without achieving quality education around the world.”


Meet the librarian who swaps litter for literacy

Every weekday, Raden Roro Hendarti rides her three-wheeler stacked with books for children in an Indonesian village. In exchange, they give her plastic cups, bags and other waste that she recycles or sells. This heartwarming tale is in our weekly roundup of global education news, where we look at everything from the big issues to the small acts that make a difference.


💬 Quote of the week 💬

"Funding education for every single child on the planet by 2030 is attainable and practical during the pandemic recovery."

From The Education Finance Playbook, Theirworld’s practical guide for governments, donors and philanthropists.


Did you know? 🤔

♿️ 49% don't go to school

Children with disabilities are 49% more likely to have never gone to school, according to a new UNICEF report. It estimates there are 240 million children with disabilities globally - higher than previous figures.


📖 What we're reading this week.

📚 In Sudan, schools are often overcrowded and government support has dwindled. But thousands of children are benefitting from a project that supplies learning materials, refurbished school buildings and new desks. It's helping to keep them in school. Read more

💻 Schools have reopened in 18 countries in the Middle East and North Africa - most using a mix of in-person and remote teaching. But a lack of digital devices and poor internet means 40% of children have been missing out during lockdown. That needs to change. Read the full story


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