Six Africans are part of the top 50 shortlisted classroom teachers for the first edition of the $1million (N165m) Varkey GEMS Foundation Global Teacher Prize widely referred to as the “Nobel Prize for Teaching”.
The shortlisted teachers are Jacque
Kahura of Bofa Primary School, Kilifi, Kenya; Andrews Nchessie of
Kasungu Demonstration School & Kasungu Teacher Training College in
Kasungu, Malawi; Souad Belcaid of American School of Tangier, Tangier,
Morocco; Malima Chisumo of Nsumba Secondary School, Mwanza, Tanzania;
Ronald Ddungu of Gayaza High School, Kampala, Uganda and Rafieferana
Faly from Madagascar.
United Kingdom-based Varkey GEMS
Foundation (VGF) instituted the prize to reward teachers for their
achievements and enormous impact on people across the world. The top
award is to be given to an exceptional teacher, who has made outstanding
contributions to the profession in his or her sphere of service.
The final 50 “classroom teachers” on the
shortlist were selected from about 5,000 nominations and 1,300 final
applications from 127 countries across the world, including the United
States of America, United Kingdom, Italy, Kenya, Uganda, India,
Afghanistan, Australia, Argentina, Mexico and Jordan.
The winner will be announced on Monday,
March 16th, 2015 at the Global Education and Skills Forum scheduled to
hold in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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