Indian Reaches Final 10 for $1 Million Global Teacher Award

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New Delhi:  A teacher in an Ahmedabad school has made it to the top 10 finalists for US$ 1 million Global Teacher Prize, to be given by the Varkey Foundation in Dubai next month.

The Foundation, which has former US President Bill Clinton as its Honorary Chairman, said it will be the largest prize of its kind and will be given to one exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession.

Along with Kiran Bir Sethi, a teacher at The Riverside School in Ahmedabad, an Indian-origin teacher from Timor Leste, Madenjit Singh (Science of Life Studies), has also made it to the 10 finalists, the Foundation said in a statement.

The top 10 finalists were narrowed down from a list of 50 shortlisted candidates, which were chosen from over 5,000 nominations and 1,300 final applications from 127 countries, including the US, UK, Italy, Kenya, Uganda, India, Afghanistan, Australia, Argentina Mexico and Jordan.

Ms Sethi, who set up the Riverside School, said she teaches because she loves learning and in her job “no two days are ever the same – So, everyday I can become an explorer, or an artist, a magician or a storyteller.”

Varkey Foundation founder Sunny Varkey said the award has received a huge global support.

“We introduced the prize in order to return teachers to their rightful position – belonging to one of the most respected professions in society.”

Mr Clinton said “attracting the best people to teaching, developing and supporting their skills, and holding our teachers in high regard – all are critically important to achieve excellence, both in teaching and learning.”

Varkey Foundation, the philanthropic arm of GEMS Education, said the winner will also be asked to serve as a global ambassador for the Varkey Foundation, attending public events and speaking in public forums about improving the prestige of the teaching profession.

The award ceremony will take place on March 15 at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai, to be attended by education ministers, international education experts and business leaders from across the world.

The award has been backed by many world leaders such as Queen Rania of Jordan, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

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