Teachers from India have been urged to apply for the $1 million Global Teacher Prize, which honours the world’s best educators.
Now in its second year and widely referred to as the “Nobel Prize for Teaching”, the GTP is awarded by the Varkey Foundation, the charitable arm of billionaire Dubai-based Indian tycoon Sunny Varkey.
The Prize was established to recognize one exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession as well as highlight the important role teachers play in society.
By unearthing thousands of stories of heroes that have transformed young people’s lives, the prize hopes to bring to life the exceptional work of millions of teachers all over the world.
Nominations for the 2016 prize close on 10 October 2015.
Last year, 193 teachers from India applied for the prize, the highest from any country.
Three were shortlisted in the final 50 candidates, with Kiran Bir Sethi, of the Riverside School, Ahmedabad, making the final 10 candidates.
“Last year, we were proud to receive over 5000 nominations for the Global Teacher Prize. However, we want to see many more exceptional teachers from every corner of the planet apply this year, especially from India”, Mr Varkey said.
“The more teachers that apply, the greater the celebration for this most noble of professions”, he added.
The top ten for the 2016 prize will be revealed in February.
The winner will be chosen by a panel comprising the Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey; Wendy Kopp, CEO Teach For All; and Brett Wigdortz, Founder of Teach First among others.
All ten finalists will be flown to Dubai for an award ceremony taking place at the Global Education and Skills Forum in March 2016 where the winner will be announced live.
Since its launch in March 2014, the Global Teacher Prize has received huge global support from heads of state, prime ministers, education ministers, business leaders and NGO heads.
The Pope also met a selection of last year’s shortlisted candidiates inside the Vatican.
Last year’s winner was Nancie Atwell, a teacher from Maine, USA.