Nominations open for Global Teacher Prize with $1 million pot

A global teaching competition is now accepting nominations for the world’s best teacher.

The Global Teacher Prize aims to spotlight the work of teachers across the world, and is open to educators from every country.

The competition – run by the Varkey Foundation – is open to those teaching young people aged 5 to 18; teachers of children in compulsory schooling; part-time teachers; or tutors of an online course.

Fifty teachers will be shortlisted in December this year, with the list whittled down to ten finalists who will be flown to Dubai for a ceremony at the Global Education and Skills Forum in March. The winner will receive $1 million in annual instalments over ten years.

Judges will look out for teachers who have been recognised by the community for their achievements, equipped pupils with life skills, used innovative teaching methods and encouraged others to join the profession.

Nominations can be made here. The closing date for applications is October 8.


Pictured: This year’s winner, Canadian teacher Maggie MacDonnell

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