Four teachers from India and two from Pakistan have made the shortlist for the $1 million Global Teacher Prize 2016. Now in its second year, the Global Teacher Prize is often referred to as the ‘Nobel Prize for Teaching’ and recognizes one exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution …Read More »
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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 …Read More »
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Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley this week formally launched the UK subsidiary of India’s revered Union Bank of India.
The bank’s move into the UK signals the 96-year-old institutions global expansion plans – it plans to deliver 10% of overall business from overseas markets by 2019 as it looks to tap into the increasingly influential Indian Diaspora community whilst also providing banking services to companies and individuals queuing up to invest in India.
The bank, the 6th largest public sector bank in India with more than $59 billion in assets, will undertake retail and wholesale banking.
In retail banking the focus will be on current, savings, fixed term deposits and remittances while the wholesale banking arm will focus will be on syndicated loans, external commercial borrowings, SMEs, trade finance facilities and current accounts.
The UKAsian caught up with the bank’s chairperson Mr Arun Tiwari to find out more.Read More »
An English teacher from the United States has won the inaugural Global Teacher Prize awarded by billionaire Indian businessman Sunny Varkey's Varkey Foundation.
Nancie Atwell from Maine was honoured for more than four decades of work as an innovator and pioneer in teaching literature. She plans to donate her $1 million prize to the Center for Teaching and Learning which she founded in 1990 in Edgecomb, Maine as a nonprofit demonstration school created for the purpose of developing and disseminating teaching methods.
The school says 97 percent of its graduates have gone on to university.
Atwell said that winning the award is a valedictory for her life's work, but that her true validation comes from the responses of students.
"I really find that I'm validated every day just by the experiences I have with children in the classroom," she told The Associated Press after receiving the award.
Atwell was selected from a pool of 1,300 applicants from 127 countries.
The top 10 finalists, which included two other teachers from the U.S. and others from Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Cambodia, Malaysia, Kenya, and the U.K., were flown to Dubai, United Arab Emirates for the ceremony.
The winner was announced on stage by Dubai-based Mr Varkey, founder of the GEMS education company and whose foundation focuses on education issues.
The award was created to be the largest prize of its kind and to serve as a sort-of Nobel Prize for one exceptional teacher each year.
After Atwell won the award, a young boy no older than 11 with a book bag strapped to his back waited patiently with his mother for a photograph with the winning teacher.
Varkey said that the award is aimed at fostering that kind of admiration for teachers and to say "to a celebrity-obsessed world that teachers are important and worthy of respect."
Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who is honorary chair of the Varkey Foundation, were also on-hand to give Atwell the award.
Atwell has received numerous other awards throughout her life for her innovative approach to teaching.
She has authored nine books about teaching, including "In The Middle," which sold more than half a million copies.
"The other recognition I've received has been content-area specific," she said. "This is global... this is really an award for a body of work, for a lifetime of teaching."
Hundreds of teachers have visited her center in Maine over the years to learn its writing-reading practices.
Her school's eighth grade students read an average of 40 books per year, compared to the national average of about 10. They also write extensively, and many of her students have gone on to become published authors.
All of her students choose the subjects they write about and the books they read. The school's website boasts that there is "never a raised voice or standardized test," but that there are tens of thousands of books and time to read from among them every day.
"If we want them to be highly literate, we have to value the power of stories and self-expression," she said, explaining her approach. "Anything else is a false choice. Anything else will be an exercise that gets kids good at doing exercises."
This is the first year for the Global Teacher Prize to be awarded, though the Varkey Foundation plans it to be an annual event.
Experts, including other teachers and school administrators, shortlisted the top 50 finalists and a prize committee helped select the top 10. The winner was then selected by a group of more than 60 people that included CEO's, investors, professors, journalists and public figures such as Oscar Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey and Grammy Award-winning artist Esperanza Spalding.Read More »
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Kiran Bir Sethi Three teachers from India are among fifty exceptional educators long-listed for the inaugural $1 million Global Teacher Prize, a new charity initiative aimed at finding the finest teaching professionals from around the world. Kiran Bir Sethi of the Riverside School in Ahmedabad; Hira Prasad of the Birla …Read More »