Global Teacher Award: Two Indian Teachers Shortlisted for $1 Million Prize

Global Teacher Award

Another proud moment for the Indians. Among the top 50 teachers from around the world, 2 Indian Teachers, one from Delhi and one from Gujarat has been selected for the prize of $1 million. The Global Teacher Award is presented by UK-Based Varkey Foundation, London that made this announcement on Thursday, December 13, 2018. This award will be announced in Dubai in March.

Those two teachers are Arti Qanungo, an English teacher at Government Girls Senior Secondary School at Shakarpur in Delhi, and Swaroop Rawal, a Life Skills teacher at Lavad Primary School in Gujarat, who will compete with 48 other teachers for the prestigious award.

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She made it to the top 50 for her use of drama in education, an active, learner-centred method, which includes group discussion, brainstorming, debate, games, song, and drawing. The Indian teachers were shortlisted for the Global Teacher Prize 2019 from over 10,000 nominations and applications, received from 179 countries around the world. The Global Teacher Award Prize was set up five years ago by the Varkey Foundation to recognize an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession, as well as to shine a spotlight on the important role teachers’ play in society.

“Global Teacher Prize acknowledges the efforts and endeavour of teachers and respects them; it gives recognition to the issues I have raised by giving it a global voice,” said Qanungo, who has been recognised for her efforts to ensure children, particularly girls, from poor backgrounds are protected from abuse and neglect and can embrace language studies and grow in confidence. 

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“Good teachers can help children become good human beings, they can nurture love, wonder, curiosity and imagination. When we teachers share our lives, we can inspire young ones to become more empathetic, loving, caring and perhaps become more responsible beings,” said Rawal, who has reached out to children on the streets and in rural communities with unique teaching methods.


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