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#TeachersMatter: Billionaire Sunny Varkey’s education ‘Nobel’ to raise status of teachers

On 16 March, an inspirational teacher will be awarded the inaugural Global Teacher Prize, a competition designed to raise the status of the teaching profession and which is being described as the 'Nobel Prize' for education.

After thousands of entries were submitted from across the globe, a fifty-strong long-list has been whittled down to a final list of 10 which includes teachers from as far afield as England, the United States, Haiti, Kenya, East Timor, Afghanistan and India.

The ten finalists have all been praised for their innovation in the classroom, engagement with the community beyond the school gates, impact on children as well as their contributions to the profession of teaching.

The winner of the $1 million will be chosen by the Global Teacher Prize Academy which is made up of head-teachers, education experts, journalists, public officials, scientists and entrepreneurs from around the globe.

Among the finalists are Kiran Bir Sethi from India and Malaysian national Madanjit singh.

Ms Sethi is the founder of the groundbreaking Riverside School in Ahmedabad which has been widely lauded for its focus on 'Design Thinking' - encouraging students to understand empathetically and not just intellectually.

The policy aims to nurture collaboration and the creation of future 'citizen leaders' and aims to have an impact on the wider community by promoting the celebration of childhood.

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