Sky school is awarded second place in the stephen lloyd awards

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Co-founders Mia Eskelund and Polly Akhurst, along with advisory board members Sara Heinrich and Dima Mekdad, attended the Stephen Lloyd Awards on the 27th of June, where Sky School was awarded second place.

The Stephen Lloyd award recognises projects in their early stages, for their potential to create practical and sustainable social change. Previous winners have included projects focused on campaigns training, reducing reoffending and prison violence, and supporting isolated care leavers.

This year the awarding body received 80 applications, with 10 short-listed candidates presenting at the evening. Sky School provided a selection of Middle Eastern snacks popular in countries like Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan, to accompany the presentation, including hummus and baba ghanoush dips, and sweet treats such as dates and baklawa. By showcasing the cuisine of some of the areas the Sky School programme hopes to reach, Sky School invited audience members to consider the peoples and lives behind these dishes, reflecting the project’s human-centred approach to providing secondary education opportunities for refugees and vulnerable people around the world.

On the night of the awards, the Sky School team presented a one minute pitch, followed by presentations to four smaller groups of audience members. The audience, comprised of charity and social enterprise experts, then voted for the prize winners, with Sky School achieving second place, ‘highly commended’. The prize also included a year’s pro-bono support from the Awards community, including the law firm BWB. Mia and Polly added they were “very happy and proud” that Sky School was so well received at the Stephen Lloyd Awards.