10 fi­nal­ists for $1m teacher prize

An­nual award to be given on March 18 recog­nises a teacher who has made out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion

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An­nual award to be given on March 18 recog­nises a teacher who has made out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion |

The 10 fi­nal­ists of the Varkey Foun­da­tion’s $1 mil­lion Global Teacher Prize held in Dubai ev­ery year were an­nounced yes­ter­day by phi­lan­thropist Bill Gates.

The win­ner of the an­nual prize, which is the largest of its kind and awarded un­der the pa­tron­age of His High­ness Shaikh Mo­ham­mad Bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, Vice-Pres­i­dent and Prime Min­is­ter of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, will be an­nounced on March 18 at the Global Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills Fo­rum (GESF) in Dubai.

The fi­nal­ists have been se­lected from over 30,000 nom­i­na­tions and ap­pli­ca­tions from 173 coun­tries around the world.

In a spe­cial video mes­sage an­nounc­ing the top ten fi­nal­ists, Gates paid spe­cial trib­ute to Shaikh Mo­ham­mad for his sup­port of the prize, which high­lights the work of teach­ers around the world.

Now in its fourth edi­tion, the Global Teacher Prize was set up to recog­nise one 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.

“When you think about what drives progress and im­prove­ment in the world, ed­u­ca­tion is like a mas­ter switch — one that opens up all sorts of op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­di­vid­u­als and so­ci­eties. And re­search has shown that hav­ing a great teacher can be the most im­por­tant fac­tor

that de­ter­mines whether stu­dents get a great ed­u­ca­tion,” said Gates.

He noted that fi­nal­ists were se­lected based on a rig­or­ous set of cri­te­ria, in­clud­ing their proven ef­fec­tive­ness in in­spir­ing stu­dents and help­ing them learn.

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