An Indian primary school teacher was on Thursday named the winner of the $ 1 million annual Global Teacher Prize 2020. He was awarded in recognition of his efforts to promote girls’ education and trigger a quick response (QR) coded textbook revolution in India.
Global Teacher Prize Winner from ten finalists
Ranjith Disale is a 32-year-old teacher from Maharashtra. He emerged as a winner from the ten finalists. When actor Stephen Fry announced his name as the winner of Global Teacher Prize 2020. The actor announced the name at a virtual ceremony broadcast on Thursday from the Natural History Museum in London, Disale had an epic reaction to his win. He was with his parents and his parents elated with their son’s win.
Disale has decided to share 50 % of his prize money. He will share the amount with his fellow finalists in a beautiful gesture of generosity. This is the first time in history when a winner will share the prize money with their competitors.
“Teachers are giving their best. They make sure that every student has access to their birthtright of a good education in this hard time,” said Disale.
50 % share of the prize amount
“Teachers are the real changemakers. They are changing the lives of their students with a mixture of chalk and challenges. Teachers always believe in giving and sharing. Therefore, I am very happy to announce that I will share 50 % of the prize amount equally among my fellow top 10 finalists. This will support their incredible work. I believe we can change this world because sharing is growing together,” he added
Outstanding contribution of teachers
According to Global Teacher Prize, Disale began working as a teacher in 2009. His first job involved a dilapidated building sandwiched between a cattle shed and a storeroom where girls from the tribal community were taught.
With the Varkey Foundation providing winners with financial counseling. Its aim is to recognize an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession. It provides support through an ambassadorial role for the profession. Varkey Foundation provides the Global Teacher Prize in equal installments for more than 10 years.
500 articles on teaching methods
Out of a list of 12,000 applicants from more than 140 countries, Disale emerged as the winner in the final 10. Disale was also featured in Microsoft’s Satya Nadella book ‘Hit Refresh’. He has authored more than 500 articles about his teaching methods.