Teachers are one of the most important pillars among the building blocks of the society. And they truly deserve to be recognized and rewarded for their remarkable contribution to the world. Their service is commendable!
- The 2016 Global Teacher Prize worth $1 million has been announced by Pope Francis and the reverent awardee is a Palestinian Teacher, Hanan Al Hroub, who teaches Refugee Children and was a refugee herself.
- She beat India’s Robin Chaurasiya, who runs a not-for-profit school in Mumbai for girls from the city’s red light district of Kamatipura, and eight other finalists to bag the Varkey Foundation’s prize at the end of the annual Global Education and Skills Forum
Hanan Al Hroub
- Hroub runs the Samiha Khalil High School in Al-Bireh, Palestine
- She specialises in supporting children who have been traumatised by violence
- Growing up in a refugee camp near Bethlehem, Ms Al Hroub now works with refugee pupils, with an approach using play that is aimed at resolving violence and tension
- Authored “We Play and Learn” in which she describes her own approach towards teaching to overcome tense environments of the region under the shadow of the Israel-Palestine conflict.
- Her approach has led to a decline in violent behaviour in schools and she has inspired her colleagues to review the way they teach and their classroom management strategies.
The Global Teacher Prize
- Instituted in 2015
- It was set up by Kerala-born entrepreneur and educational philanthropist Sunny Varkey
- Purpose: 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