About the Prize
The Global Teacher Prize is an annual 1 million dollar award that will be given to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession.
The Varkey Foundation established the Prize in 2014 to raise the stature of the teaching profession, so that children will dream of becoming the greatest teacher in the world. We seek to celebrate the best teachers — those who inspire their students and community around them. The Foundation believes that vibrant education awakens and supports the full potential of young people.
The award — the equivalent of a ‘Nobel Prize’ — operates under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai. The prize underlines the importance of the teaching profession and symbolises the fact that teachers throughout the world deserve to be recognised and celebrated. The winner will be chosen by the prominent Global Teacher Prize Academy made up of head-teachers, educational experts, commentators, journalists, public officials, tech entrepreneurs, company directors and scientists from around the world. The application and nomination period will open at the end of May 2015. The closing date for applications will be 10 October 2015, and the winner will be announced at the Global Education and Skills Forum March 2016 in Dubai.
"I love the challenges and I love my teaching life. I hope to convey to young people considering teaching - that it is a privilege.”
– Nancie Atwell, Global Teacher Prize 2015 Winner
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