Amisa Rashid, a Nairobi, Kenyan student who was selected a top 10 finalist for the inaugural Chegg.org Global Student Prize, has urged more Kenyan students to apply for the prize, which opens today (Thursday 27 January).
The Varkey Foundation launched the Chegg.org Global Student Prize, a $100,000 sister award to the Global Teacher Prize, in its second year to create a powerful new platform to highlight the efforts of extraordinary students around the world who are making a real difference in learning, their peers’ lives, and society at large.
Amisa Rashid, a student at Strathmore University in Nairobi pursuing a master’s degree in public policy and management, founded the Nivshe Foundation to promote community resilience through community-based mental health interventions and trauma-informed programming.
Amisa was selected as one of the top ten finalists for the inaugural Global Student Prize, which received over 3,500 nominations and applications from 94 countries.
Amisa believes that her Kenyan peers have made significant contributions to society that need to be recognized through the prize, which highlights the incredible promise that students around the world demonstrate in their learning and beyond.
“I am so grateful to have been selected as a top 10 finalist for the inaugural Global Student Prize and the platform that comes with it to continue to help change lives in Kenya.” Amisa Rashid said
“I know I am not alone. There are now a generation of young changemakers across Kenya that have the drive and imagination to transform our society for the better. They deserve huge praise for continuing to fight for their future during the pandemic and their incredible contributions deserve to be recognized and supported. This is why I am encouraging Kenyan students who have an inspiring story to tell to now apply for the Chegg.org Global Student Prize. After all, they will play a leading role in rebuilding our world.”
The prize is open to all students who are at least 16 years old and enrolled in an academic institution or training and skills program. Part-time students as well as students enrolled in online courses are also eligible for the prize.
Kenyan citizens have a history of excelling in both prizes, with the winner of the 2019 $1M Global Teacher Prize being Peter Tabichi, a science teacher and Franciscan friar at Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Pwani, Nakuru County.
Chegg.org partnered with the Varkey Foundation to create the Global Student Prize. Dan Rosensweig, CEO & President of Chegg, said:“Students throughout the world are in a hurry. They know that 2022 is the moment when some of the greatest challenges in history have reached a tipping point. Despite facing enormous obstacles, students everywhere are bringing their creativity and talents to the fore. They deserve huge praise and recognition – but most importantly they deserve our support for continuing to learn and never giving up.”
“The Global Student Prize will continue to give students in every corner of the world a voice, encouraging others to follow their dreams and, like them, help to build a path to a better future.”
Sunny Varkey, Founder of the Varkey Foundation, said:“Both the Global Teacher Prize and the Global Student Prize have been launched to highlight the importance of education in tackling the great challenges ahead – from climate change to growing inequality to global pandemics.”
“With the world leaders now focused on rebuilding our world in the wake of the pandemic, I urge them to never forget that it is only by prioritizing education that we can safeguard all our tomorrows. Education is the key to facing the future with confidence.”
Students applying for the Global Student Prize will be assessed on their academic achievement, impact on their peers, how they make a difference in their community and beyond, how they overcome the odds to achieve, how they demonstrate creativity and innovation, and how they operate as global citizens.
Applicants for the Global Student Prize can apply at www.globalstudentprize.org and the closing date for applications is Sunday 17 April 2022.
The prize will be narrowed down to a Top 50 shortlist and Top 10 finalists, to be announced later in the year, helping provide worldwide recognition for high achieving students. The winner will be chosen from the top 10 finalists by the Global Student Prize Academy made up of prominent individuals. The winner is expected to be announced live at a ceremony later in the year.
If students are being nominated, the person nominating them will write a brief description online explaining why.
The student being nominated will then be sent an email letting them know they’ve been nominated and inviting them to apply for the prize. Applicants can apply in English, Mandarin, Arabic, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian. To join the conversation online follow @cheggdotorg.