How Can We Make Teaching a More Prestigious Career Around the World?

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C. M. Rubin, author of award winning series, The Global Search for Education, interviews the newly announced winner of the US$1 million Global Teacher Prize.

Pope Francis announced the winner of the $1 million Global Teacher Prize 2016: Hanan Al Hroub from Samiha Khalil High School, Al-Bireh, Palestine. The celebrity studded ceremony took place today, 13th March 2016, at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai, and celebrated the top teachers in the world. Hanan Al Hroub won the coveted prize out of 8,000 nominations for teachers from 148 countries around the world. Rubin interviewed Hanan and the other 9 finalists, Aqeela Asifi, Ayub Mohamud, Colin Hegarty, Joe Fatheree, Kazuya Takahashi, Michael Soskil, Richard Johnson, Maarit Rossi and Robin Chaurasiya, before the ceremony.

Around the world, educators, parents and students know quality teachers matter immensely. How can we make teaching a more prestigious career? How can we entice better quality talent from more lucrative careers into classrooms? How do we retain good teachers and make sure they are where they are needed most?

“Teachers are the real power in this world. They are the only ones who can change societies, the ones who can create productive and active generations. Using well organized plans to achieve this goal, we should offer prestige, respect, good conditions, and good salary for teachers. This will enhance the teaching profession and will increase the numbers of graduates who will look at education as a secure and future profession,” Hanan told Rubin.

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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.

The award winning series, The Global Search for Education, brings together distinguished thought leaders in education and innovation from around the world to explore the key learning issues faced by most nations. The series has become a highly visible platform for global discourse on 21st century education, offering a diverse range of innovative ideas which are presented by the series founder, C. M. Rubin, together with the world’s leading thinkers in education.

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