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HundrED Spotlights

HundrED Spotlights are focused research projects that highlight education innovations based on a specific region or theme. Spotlights are created in partnership with external foundations and organisations.

What is a Spotlight?

HundrED, in partnership with external foundations and/or organisations, conducts thematic and regional Spotlights that result in collections of 10-20 impactful and scalable education innovations. HundrED Spotlights are an opportunity for stakeholders to gain a deeper insight into education innovations and trends, and provide selected innovations with increased visibility.

Who are Spotlights for?

Stakeholders with a goal to learn deeply about education trends in a particular focus area can use a Spotlight as an opportunity to highlight and support innovators. Education innovators whose innovations fit the topical or geographical focus of a given Spotlight should apply. Being featured in a HundrED Spotlight report allows innovators to connect with others in the same space, as well as education stakeholders, to help education change for the better.

The process

In each Spotlight, we dive deep into a chosen theme and/or geographic region, identifying innovations that provide scalable and impactful solutions.

1. HundrED and Partner Vision

HundrED and its partner(s) align on a vision for the Spotlight. A thematic focus and/or region are selected for the project, along with the submission criteria.

2. Call for Innovations

HundrED, in collaboration with its partner(s), makes a call for innovations operating within the predetermined thematic and/or geographic region. In the approximately 100 days that follow, innovators can submit applications for review.

3. Shortlist curation and review

HundrED and its partner(s) curate and announce the shortlisted innovations, which are then sent to the specially convened Advisory Board for evaluation.

4. Final Selections and Report

HundrED and its partner(s), on the advice of the Advisory Board, make final selections of 10-20 innovations. Innovators are notified, and the selection is made public through a Spotlight Report.


Here are examples of our most recent Spotlights.

Climate Resilient Education

As a part of a global movement for Climate Resilient Education systems, HundrED and Save the Children want to learn more about currently active innovations, programs and interventions that have proven and future potential to positively impact children, their schools, and communities, leading the way toward highly scalable climate resilient education.

Child-Centred Learning

How can learner agency be placed at the forefront of every learning experience? How do child-driven approaches centre each student and their individual learning path, passions and interests? Through this Spotlight we will identify impactful and scalable innovations in the area of Child-Centred Learning.

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Qatar 2025

In this Spotlight on Education Innovations in Qatar, HundrEd and Qatar Foundation aimed to identify and promote impactful and scalable solutions that support the development of innovative educational practices in Qatar.

Wellbeing in Schools

How are schools implementing effective wellbeing innovations? Through this Spotlight on Wellbeing, HundrED will identify impactful and scalable innovations in the area of student wellbeing in schools. This initiative is undertaken in partnership with the International Baccalaureate (IB), Oxford University, Research Schools International, Harvard University, and the Jacobs Foundation.

Gamified Curricula

Through this Spotlight on Gamified Curricula, HundrED and Supercell identified impactful and scalable education innovations that offer educational programs and courses designed to incorporate game elements and/or are structured like games to upper secondary school learners aged 16–25.

EdTech: Bangladesh

In this Spotlight on Education Technology, HundrEd and EdTech Hub identify and highlight 10-20 impactful and scalable education technology innovations that can benefit Bangladesh's educational context.

Policy Report: Social and Emotional Learning

This policy report is aimed at policymakers eager to widen their understanding, address modern challenges and increase the opportunities for social and emotional learning in their education systems. The report is a joint effort by HundrED and the LEGO Foundation to highlight relevant research, share key challenges, and showcase successful solutions implemented around the world.

Formative Assessment: Improving Learning for Every Child

This project highlights 14 innovations that support both teaching and learning through formative assessment. Formative assessment refers to a variety of methods that teachers use in classrooms to conduct in-process evaluations of student comprehension, learning needs, and academic progress.

Holistic Education in South & South-East Asia

Education is more than just schooling - it is a lifelong process through which a learner constantly drives their own development. Education - like learners themselves - needs to be holistic, dynamic, responsive, open to new ideas & perspectives. The Royal Academy in Pangbisa, Bhutan, & HundrED have identified 9 innovations in South & South East Asia that promote holistic education.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

The reduction of social interaction, physical activity & play spurred by COVID-19 has drastically increased emotional stress in students worldwide. Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) represents a wide array of skills that help children to set goals, handle impulses, manage and express emotions, and build relationships.

Parental Engagement

The Parental Engagement Spotlight is a collection of the most impactful and scalable programs creating stronger school/family bonds from around the world. We're thrilled to announce the 12 Selected Innovators.

Teachers for a Changing World

This Spotlight is a collaboration between HundrED and The World Bank Group, with financing from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), which aims to identify and share leading solutions from around the world that are helping teachers to thrive in an ever-changing classroom.

21st Century Skills in Latin America and the Caribbean

This Spotlight highlights some of the most impactful and scalable education innovations in Latin America and the Caribbean focused on fostering essential 21st Century Skills in young people, like social-emotional skills, project-based learning, music, sports, and more.

Learning Forerunners Across America

We are proud to announce our second project with Remake Learning. As the world around us has become more complex, new, and versatile skills are required in order to thrive. HundrED Forerunners identifies top-level innovations that can improve education immediately and at scale.

Quality Education for all during Covid-19

Health officials are currently taking steps to prevent the introduction and spread of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) into communities across the world. The pandemic situation is affecting the lives of many students, families & communities. This special collection is compiling stories and solutions from schools around the world doing their best for students.

Visual Arts in Education

With the recent emphasis on STEM education worldwide to prepare students for the modern workforce, the value and importance of art education in schools is often sidelined. However, there are many benefits to developing skills in visual arts: For example, to effectively develop self-expression, confidence, and the creative thinking skills needed for 21st century life and work.


In an age of rapid innovation, technological advance, and ongoing change, children need a diverse set of skills to navigate unpredictable dilemmas and novel opportunities – both in life and in work. That is why creativity skills are essential now more than ever.

Bilingual Education

In today’s multilingual and multicultural world, monolingualism is more or less becoming the exception. Bilingual education helps students to understand and experience other languages and cultures, and therefore plays a key role in advancing mutual tolerance. This Spotlight highlights creative solutions that enable schools all over the world to promote and foster bilingualism by encouraging positive attitudes towards language learning and awareness.


This Spotlight aimed to identify and promote impactful and scalable solutions that support the development of innovative educational practices in Qatar.

Financial Skills for the Youth

Fluent financial skills are a crucial part of every person’s well-being. In the current global and technological world, the importance of financial skills is emphasized, as it is increasingly easier to use money in the form of various digital applications. These applications bring financial services closer to young people. Also, young people will face more and more complex financial issues in the future. It is therefore important to recognize educational innovations that help young people to learn the financial skills they need.

Digital Wellbeing

The digital world is a rapidly growing part of our lives today, and young people are spending more and more time with digital devices. This technological impact has many positive effects; for example, an increased scope in learning new knowledge and connecting with others from all over the world. However, it is becoming increasingly necessary for young people to adopt healthy habits when using digital devices so that they fully develop their mental, physical and social wellbeing.


The rapid advancement of technology has changed the employability skills needed for the future in significant and unforeseeable ways. Many agree that education will need to be aligned and adapted to these shifting demands with innovative solutions. Therefore, it is critical that education implements sustainable innovations to effectively support the future employability of young people.

Spotlight Switzerland Digital Transformation at School

Spotlight Switzerland is looking for inspiring kindergarten, primary and secondary school educators who are embracing digital transformation in the classroom by experimenting with teaching methods and tools together with their students. Ten most convincing emerging good practices will be selected by an expert jury and will receive grants summing up to CHF 120'000 for further development. These projects will be video documented and presented in the form of a report during Campus Seminar in Zurich on October 30th, 2019 and at the HundrED Innovations Summit in Helsinki on November 6th-8th, 2019.

City of Helsinki

We are proud to announce our first Forerunner: The City of Helsinki. As the world around us has become more complex, new and versatile skills are required in order to thrive. HundrED Forerunners identify top-level innovations that can improve education immediately and at scale. Forerunner Helsinki presents system-level innovations for implementing the goals of the new curriculum in Finland.

Technical & Vocational Education and Training (TVET)

HundrED’s Spotlight research reveals the need for focus in promoting TVET and it’s benefits to working life. The report is a call to action for change in education to highlight the opportunities and advantages of TVET. Below are ten innovations that we believe (once adapted to a Finnish vocational context) have the potential to improve TVET in Finland.

Pittsburgh, USA

Educators in the Pittsburgh region are taking risks, reaching higher, and pushing the limits of learning. Find out what we learned from taking a closer look at the education innovations flourishing in the "steel city" in 2019. This Spotlight broke the mold—we couldn't settle on just 10 innovations to highlight, so here you'll find 12 innovations that are impactful in their local context and scalable for education contexts around the world.


Our Sustainability Spotlight celebrates impactful and scalable innovations in sustainability education. Discover the 10 innovations that are pushing the boundaries of sustainability education and be inspired to do something similar where you are! The Sustainability Spotlight is in partnership with MUSE School.

Victoria, Australia

HundrED with their local partner Education Changemakers has worked to identify ten inspiring Victorian education innovations that was revealed at the EduChange Festival in 2018.

Finland 100

We selected 100 Finnish educational Innovations that we selected and supported in 2016-2017. Finland 100 collection was an official part of the Celebration Program for Finland’s Centenary of Independence in 2017.

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Lasse Leponiemi
Executive Director

HundrED Global Collection

We need ambitious education innovations; innovative, impactful and scalable approaches that are effective also in low resource environments and help our children flourish in life. Every year, HundrED selects 100 of the brightest innovations from around the world that are impacting education at scale.

HundrED Advisory Board

A unique HundrED Advisory Board is formed for each Spotlight Collection. The Advisory Board reviews and makes recommendations on the 10-20 most impactful and scalable innovations in a specific regional and/or thematic area. Reviewers are selected based on expertise, experiences and insights relevant to the Spotlight focus. Applications for the Advisory Board are accepted on a rolling basis during the Spotlight’s innovation submission period.

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