Massive $1m prize for the best teacher in the world
Can you imagine winning $1m for being the best in the world at your job? For Palestinian teacher Hanan Al Hroub this has become a reality, as she has been recognised as the best teacher in the world, winning the $1m Global Teacher Prize. Ms Al Hroub grew up in a Palestinian refugee camp and now teaches refugee children and specialises in supporting those who have been traumatised by war. She says that she will spend the prize money on continuing to help her pupils and added that “teachers could change the world”.
Colin Hegarty, a maths teacher from London who created an interactive online maths website, was the only British finalist nominated for the prize, with other finalists coming from Kenya, India and the United States. The Oscars-style awards ceremony took place in Dubai and the award aims to raise the status of teaching around the world. Sunny Varkey, creator of the prize, said that he hopes “children from around the world will watch Sunday's ceremony and think about what their own teachers do for them.”
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