In a world grappling with climate change and environmental degradation, a beacon of hope and innovation shines from Muntinlupa City, Philippines. The Muntinlupa National High School (MNHS), the oldest and largest school in the city, has been recognized as a Top 3 finalist for the 2023 World’s Best School Prize for Environmental Action. The accolade is not just an honor but a testament to the school’s extraordinary contributions to environmental sustainability through its Revitalized Algae Microfarm Project (RevAMP).
MNHS was among the top 3 finalists for the World’s Best School Prizes announced on September 12 by T4 Education to celebrate schools that champion the best in education while driving their students and communities towards social change.
What is RevAMP?
RevAMP is more than just a catchy acronym; it’s a game-changer in the fight against pollution and climate change. Developed by Muntinlupa NHS, the project uses the untapped potential of microalgae to absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, transforming the school into a living laboratory. Students are not merely passive learners but active participants in driving change. They cultivate algae, analyze data, and are even in the stages of developing biodiesel from algae to further benefit air quality.
Serving the Community
Situated near the National Penitentiary, MNHS provides quality education to over 10,000 students, many of whom are relatives of inmates or employees of the National Bureau of Prison Reservation. This makes the school’s focus on community service even more meaningful. Its RevAMP initiative aims to improve air quality not only within school premises but also in the surrounding community.
The school isn’t a newcomer to the international stage. Their RevAMP project proposal previously won the 2019 Zayed Sustainability Prize in the United Arab Emirates. Additionally, another Filipino school, Dagupan’s Bonuan Boquig National High School, won the 2022 World’s Best School Prize for Environmental Action with its mangrove planting project. The successes of these schools highlight the Philippines’ growing role in global environmental stewardship.
Voting for MNHS
MNHS is up against global competitors for a financial grant of 50,000 USD, which will be invested in improving their facilities and expanding their groundbreaking algae farm project. A win for MNHS is a win for the community and for all who believe in the power of education to instigate social change.
How to vote:
- Go to the link in the Tweet below.
- Follow the instructions to register with your email.
- Cast your vote for MNHS.
Muntinlupa National High School needs YOUR VOTE to win the World's @BestSchoolPrize for its RevAMP anti-pollution project. Head to this link to cast your support for the Philippine school and the environment! #Strongschools @T4EduC @OFFICIALMUNTI https://t.co/EB3GaEe3Vh
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Voting is open until September 26th at midnight (23.59 GMT), and it’s free.
The winner will be announced at the World’s Best School Prizes Winning Ceremony on November 4th, 2023. Your vote can also contribute to MNHS winning the new Community Choice Award, given to the school that captures the public’s imagination and receives the most votes. So, don’t miss your chance to support a cause that aims to make a real-world impact!
By casting your vote for Muntinlupa National High School, you’re not just supporting a school but a brighter, more sustainable future for us all. So let’s make those votes count, Philippines!
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