How can we raise the profile of educators?
The Global Teacher Prize is a US $1 million award presented annually to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession. In March 2018, a teacher from London, U.K. won the award.
I had the pleasure of attending the GESF conference in Dubai on 16th – 19th March 2018, culminating in a meeting with Andria Zafirakou before and after she was announced as the winner for the Global Teacher Prize 2018. This is wonderful recognition, not just for the teaching profession all over the world, but for the U.K. education system and in particular, despite squeezes on the Arts curriculum by the English Government, for art, design and textiles teachers across England. I could not be prouder …
Meet Andria Zafirakou
“As a member of the school’s senior leadership team, Andria has transformed her school’s approach to reach often isolated young people so that they can engage in school life and perform to the best of their abilities. She quickly realised that a one-size-fits-all curriculum would not resonate with all her students so she set about redesigning it from top to bottom, alongside fellow teachers, in order to make it relevant to her pupils’ lives.” (Alperton Community School)
This video explains the incredible work Andria is doing with colleagues at Alperton Community School in North West London.
You can watch Andria’s winning speech here.
The Global Teacher Prize
In 2013, the Varkey Foundation commissioned Populus, the leading research and strategy consultancy, to gather in-depth opinions from 21 countries to explore attitudes about the teaching profession. The survey covered areas such as teachers’ salaries, students’ attitudes towards educators and how participants rated their own education systems. The results, published as the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Status Index, aims to change the way the world looks at teachers.
The prize serves to underline the importance of educators and the fact that, throughout the world, their efforts deserve to be recognised and celebrated. It seeks to acknowledge the impacts of the very best teachers – not only on their students but on the communities around them.
The Global Teacher Prize is awarded by the Varkey Foundation under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister, and Emir of Dubai.