On 26th march, three teachers from India have made it to the top 50 shortlists unveiled in London for the annual USD 1-million Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2020, held in partnership with UNESCO.
From over 12,000 nominations and applications across 140 countries, citizenship teacher Shuvajit Payne from Shiksha Niketan Barefoot College in Rajasthan, primary school teacher Ranjitsinh Disale from Zilla Parishad Primary School in Paritewadi, Maharashtra, and Vineeta Garg, computer science teacher from SRDAV Public School in Delhi were selected. Ranjitsinh Disale said, it’s like a dream for him. His students and he were very happy to have made it to the top 50. Our hard work has paid off, he was credited as an innovator for using technology to improve primary education with his project of “QR Coded Text Books” – linking up video and audio content in different languages and dialects.
Shuvajit Payne said, he believes the recognition that this prize offers to an individual fuels motivation. It also puts their work under an attention. Moreover, being in the network of 50 educators who are on the shortlist opens up a lot of possibilities through the exchange of ideas and learning.
Payne is the Head of Education at Barefoot College, answerable for the educational plan and tasks of 50 casual network schools tending to the requirements of country India.
Presently in its 6th year, the Global Teacher Prize was set up to remember one extraordinary educator who has made an exceptional commitment to the calling just as to sparkle a focus on the significant job instructors plays in the public arena.
It has now banded together with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to intently connect to the UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 – providing a quality education for every child. "Presently, like never before, in a universe of contending needs, by 2030 governments all through the world must put resources into educators to meet their duties to convey all-inclusive quality instruction," said Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education at UNESCO. The main 50 shortlisted educators will be trimmed down to 10 finalists by a Prize Committee, with that outcome set to be declared in June 2020. The victor of the 2020 prize is planned to be reported at a service at the Natural History Museum in London on October 12.
Bright Varkey, an organizer of the Varkey Foundation and the Global Teacher Prize, stated: The Global Teacher Prize will begin this new decade with reestablished reason and vitality, moving the prize function the world over, spreading the message further into new host nations, and making the prize's notoriety satisfy its name as a genuine worldwide festival of educators.
By: Suvarna Gupta