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21C Prizegiving Challenge

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$9,850 of $100,000 goal

Given by 22 generous donors in 4 months

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We are raising $100,000 so every New Zealand secondary school can award a business-sponsored prize for 21st century skills achievement.

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Right now it’s prizegiving season, where most New Zealand secondary schools celebrate the achievements of their “best and brightest” in subjects, sport, culture and service; and assure us that the school’s superior academic results mean our kids are being successfully prepared for the future.

Do we, as NZ businesses, communities and parents, accept this? Are our young people really ready to survive and thrive in the rapidly changing world of work? Are our schools too focused on academic scores at the expense of critical 21st century (21C) skills like creativity, curiosity, collaborative problem-solving, communication, teamwork, tenacity, global competence and growth mindset that are critical for the jobs of the future - and now? The 41% of NZ employers who are dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with the work readiness of school leavers and the 46% who are struggling to find skilled labour clearly have their doubts.

We want to help New Zealand schools and communities recognise and value the importance of 21C skills, and show our young people how critical these work-ready skills are when it counts - at their annual prizegiving.

Our vision is that each of our 374 secondary schools throughout NZ can award a prize, sponsored by a NZ business, honouring a Y13 student exhibiting outstanding 21C skills in their 2019 senior prizegiving ceremony.

We challenge NZ businesses, large and small, to pledge $200 (or $200 x however many prizes you want to award), to provide a prize for exceptional 21C skills to a student at a secondary school you choose or in a region you specify, with your business's name on it.

We also welcome general donations of any amount towards the campaign goal of $100,000.

If you want to donate for a particular school (or region), please note that in the "Comment" field.

To find out more, visit us at and check out our NZ Herald opinion piece here:

#21CPrizegivingChallenge #SkillsNotScores

Use of funds

At $200 per award, students will receive an engraved trophy and a $100 voucher, with the balance used to cover logistics with schools throughout NZ. Surplus funds will be used to deliver more than one award to schools, starting with lower-decile schools.

Latest donations

  • tanyathomsonlaw

    tanyathomsonlaw on 03 Dec 2018



  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 30 Nov 2018



  • Fletcher Building Limited

    Fletcher Building Limited on 30 Nov 2018



  • Holder Family

    Holder Family on 27 Nov 2018


    We would like to nominate Mt Roskill Grammar


  • Westpac NZ

    Westpac NZ on 16 Nov 2018



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21C Skills Lab


We are a national non-profit organisation committed to ensuring that all young people in New Zealand have the skills to survive and thrive in a rapidly changing world of work.

Funds will be paid to a verified bank account of 21C Skills Lab.

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“Nominated schools 1) McAuley Girls High School, Otahuhu. 2) De La Salle College, Mangere East. 3) Marcellin College, Royal Oak. 4) St Dominic's College, Henderson. 5) Pompallier College, Whangarei.”
“Awesome initiative. Haka Educational Tours would love to sponsor Mount Albert Grammar Schools 21C skills prize if possible.”
“Awesome! Shout out to Marist College to Establish an award I’ll Sponsor”
“Great initiative!”
“nga mihi korua”
“I am in your team girls.Also committed and driven to see this happen-love to have further contact. Gloria x”
“This is awesome and timely!”
“Let's take the 21C Prizegiving Challenge for our alma maters! Shoutout to Wellington Girls' College. I'd love to support your award!”
“Nice one. I wish there was an emphasis on these skills when I was at high school! I think a lot more kids would feel included and successful if we start to value these skills more.”
“Tu meke!”
$9,850 of $100,000 goal

Given by 22 generous donors in 4 months


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