Video: Between Bill Gates & the King & Ruler of Dubai #TeacherPrize

February 17, 2018 6:11 pm

The top 10 finalists for the Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher Prize 2018 were announced by philanthropist Bill Gates.

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Now in its fourth year, the $1 million prize is the largest of its kind and awarded under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.

The winner will be announced at the Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF) in Dubai on Mar.18, the highlight of a star-studded ceremony at The Palm which will be beamed live around the world.

In a special video message announcing the top ten finalists, Gates paid special tribute to Sheikh Mohammed for his support of the prize, which highlights the work of teachers around the world. He said: “For his patronage of the prize, thank you to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.” Gates added: “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. Finalists were selected based on a rigorous set of criteria, including their proven effectiveness in inspiring students and helping them learn. Just as important, these teachers are leaders who have innovated in the classroom and mentored their colleagues. They have demonstrated the kind of collaboration – teachers and schools working together – that can give all students the opportunity to get a great education.”

The 10 finalists for the Global teacher Prize 2018 are: Nurten Akkuş, a pre-school teacher and principal at Ayvacık Pre-School, Samsun, Turkey; Marjorie Brown, who teaches history at Roedean School, Johannesburg, South Africa; Luis Miguel Bermudez Gutierrez, a social science teacher at the Colegio Gerardo Paredes IED, Bogotá, Colombia; Jesus Insilada, who teaches English and creative writing at Caninguan National High School in Lambunao, Iloilo, Philippines; Glenn Lee, an engineering and technology teacher from Waialua High & Intermediate School, Waialua, Hawaii, United States; Diego Mahfouz Faria Lima, director of Darcy Ribeiro Municipal School, in São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo, Brazil; Koen Timmers, a lecturer at PXL university college in Hasselt and a computer science teacher at CVO De Verdieping school in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium; Eddie Woo, a mathematics teacher from Cherrybrook Technology High School, Sydney, Australia; Andria Zafirakou, an art and textiles teacher from Alperton Community School, Brent, London, United Kingdom; and Barbara Anna Zielonka, an English teacher at Nannestad High School, Norway. Watch:

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