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Global Teacher Prize 2016

The Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize is an annual award to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession. It celebrates the best in teachers — those who inspire their students and their community around them.

The winning candidate will be a teacher who has achieved exceptional results in student learning, and won the respect of the community through activities beyond the classroom. He/she will have provided a role model to other teachers through charity, community work or other cultural achievements. The winner will also have encouraged other teachers to join the profession and contributed to discussions and debates about how to raise teaching standards. He/she will also have opened up access to a quality education for children of all backgrounds, and prepared young people to be ‘global citizens’, comfortable with peers from different ethnic and religious backgrounds.

On the 17th of February renowned Professor Stephen Hawking announced the Global Teacher Prize Top 10 Finalists. “I wasn’t the best student – I was lazy and had bad handwriting!” Professor Stephen Hawking says as he gives a wonderful insight into Mr Tahta, the teacher that changed his life.

Watch this powerful video message from Stephen Hawking as he shows his gratitude to the teacher who helped him unlock his passion for science and changed his lifeProfessor Stephen Hawking concludes the video by saying, “When each of us thinks about what we can do in life, chances are we can do it because of a teacher. Today, we need great teachers more than ever. We must always remember, teachers matter.”


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