Norman Foster has been presented with the 2011 Save the Children Award, given by Save the Children Spain, at a ceremony in Madrid. The high profile awards are given annually to outstanding individuals whose work helps to build a better world for children. Lord Foster has been recognised for his longstanding relationship with the charity and his humanitarian work.
In 2008, Foster + Partners started working with Save the Children, along with Article 25 and Buro Happold, to establish a design prototype for a school in Sierra Leone. The project aims to help to improve education in one of the worlds poorest countries and will create a series of highly flexible buildings with larger classrooms, effective ventilation and natural light. The design is being jointly funded by Foster + Partners, Article 25 and Buro Happold and construction will be financed by the Foster family.
The practice has also been involved with Save the Children through the design of a Christmas tree, which was auctioned in 2006 to raise £17,000; and, working with artist, Ben Johnson, the realisation of a Nobel Prize sculpture for Rewrite the Future, a peace campaign set up by the charity that encourages children to use drawing as a tool for advocacy.