CanTeam, a project tackling food insecurity, announced as a winner of the first Big Education Challenge
- CanTeam has been named today a winner of Big Change’s first ever Big Education Challenge, alongside Force of Nature and Paige Connect who will each receive funding from the Big Education Challenge to pilot their projects over the next two years (2024-25).
- CanTeam transforms school canteens into vibrant community hubs, by equipping schools to offer nutritious and delicious food after school, co-designed and delivered with young people, their families and the local community. We are creating a sustainable solution to food insecurity, encouraging healthy eating, and enabling young people to learn and thrive.
- In 2023, the £1m prize fund provided seed funding and capacity-building support to 15 finalists tackling diverse challenges in education.
- The prize fund, the first of its kind run by the education charity Big Change, set out to identify, support and reward bold ideas with the potential to transform education and learning.
For immediate release – 24 January 2024: CanTeam, a game changing initiative transforms school canteens into community hubs that provide after-school food for young people and their families, has today been announced as one of three projects to win the first Big Education Challenge run by the education charity Big Change.
Jonathan Harper, CEO of Future Foundations said:
“I am delighted that CanTeam is a winner of the Big Education Challenge. Too many young people and families are not able to access affordable and nutritious food, and with the support of Big Change we can pilot at scale. As a father of three, I am witness to the daily struggles families face. We have launched CanTeam to equip schools to transform school canteens into vibrant community hubs, serving food after school, creating a sustainable solution to food insecurity, encouraging healthy eating and enabling young people to learn and thrive. Our approach can revolutionise the way our young people eat and create more sustainable and equitable communities.”
The Big Education Challenge has recognised three winners. Alongside CanTeam, Force of Nature and Paige Connect:
- Force of Nature, led by Clover Hogan, aged 24, addresses students’ climate anxiety by providing training pathways to help young people prepare for their roles in a green economy, building their confidence, developing their skills, and helping them find the climate solutions they wish to lead.
- Paige Connect, led by Sergio Gosalvez, aged 23, supports young blind and partially-sighted people to connect with learning and work independently or alongside others. By using technology to upgrade existing braille writers, Paige Connect enables better communication and collaboration with sighted teachers, family and friends.
“In launching the Big Education Challenge, we called for ideas that could help transform education and the winners are doing just that. They have turned their experience into insight and action – bravely testing and bringing their new ideas to life. These leaders are challenging assumptions about what education is and its purpose, about who gets to lead change, and the nature of the solutions needed.
Change in education is hard, and it takes brave and passionate people working together to make it happen. We are incredibly proud to support their journey, to show that change is possible, and I can’t wait to see the impact they will have on this and future generations.”
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- Piloted at Sunnyhill Primary School, Lambeth, London.
- Piloted at Townley Grammar School, Bexleyheath, London in partnership with Made in Hackney. Click here to read a student’s article on the event.
- The Play Verto supported survey had 1,314 responses across the UK showed that 88% welcome a CanTeam initiative in their school, with a weekly intervention the most popular option.
- Currently piloting weekly events in two Ark schools in London: Burlington Danes and King Solomon Academy.
- Supported by a coalition of cross-sector partners including: Aldridge Foundation, Ark, Bedford Academy, Bremner & Co, Chartwells, Eton College, Hubbub, Institute for Strategic Clarity, Made in Hackney, Makers of Sustainable Spaces, Mayor’s Fund for London, NCS Trust, Townley Grammar School, The Country Trust, The Felix Project and United Learning.
About Future Foundations
- Future Foundations’ mission is to equip young people to thrive.
- Founded in 2004, we have partnered with mission driven organisations to deliver educational programmes reaching over 100,000 young people (aged 7 to 18) in 100 countries.
- We design and deliver award-winning programmes that develop young people to be leaders in their lives and society.
- Recognised by the Department for Education for developing young people’s character with an award.
- UK delivery partner for the Persil Dirt Is Good Schools Programme.
- UK delivery partner for Amazon Web Services GetIT.
- In 2013, we launched Global Social Leaders which has reached over 20,000 young people in 105 countries partnering with Wellington College and funders including the LEGO Foundation and Innovate UK.
About the Big Education Challenge
- Launched in November 2022, the Big Education Challenge is a £1m prize fund set up by UK-based charity Big Change to find, support and reward bold ideas with the potential to transform education and learning in the UK.
- After a decade of experience as a funder, Big Change established the Big Education Challenge to catalyse and accelerate change from the bottom up, helping reach more diverse people and bold ideas.
- Out of over 280 applications, 15 finalists (13 of whom were aged 18-25) were selected to receive six months of expert support and funding from Big Change and The Young Foundation to develop and test their ideas. The winners and runners up were selected from this group.
- Big Change and partners are committed to learning from what works in the design and delivery of the first Big Education Challenge, and adapting its approach based on those lessons.
- Funding for the £1m Big Education Challenge prize fund has been raised through a group of generous donors and philanthropists committed to transforming education.
- Alongside the three winners, The Big Education Challenge has also awarded a total of £170,000 in funding to three runners-up. These projects are helping young people deal with loss and trauma by developing social emotional skills, offering digital internships for young people who might otherwise struggle to access creative careers, and providing entrepreneurship skills and mentorship for young people at risk of joining gangs.
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