Global Teacher Prize Top Ten Finalists

Inside the Classrooms of The Global Teacher Prize Top 10 Finalists

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We were thrilled to announce the Global Teacher Prize Top 10 Finalists this morning. They are all incredibly inspiring and unique teachers. Each one of them is teaching a different subject, in a different country, to a different group of students, but there is one common thread that runs through them all. They are extraordinary people passionate about eduction.

We take you inside the classrooms of ten of best teachers in the world:

Aqeela Asifi – Pakistan

Aqeela teaches in a refugee camp in Pakistan. Here she teachers young Afghan and Pakistani girls. When she first started the school they used the mud on the ground as their slates. They now have a building and real chalk boards.

Step into Aqeela’s classroom.


Aqeela and her students

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Aqeela teaching her students


A look at Aqeela’s school

Ayub Mohamud – Kenya

Ayub teaches in Nairobi where in recent years, unemployment and poverty aren’t the only challenges these children are facing. Radicalisation and violient extremism have reared their heads. As a Religious Education teacher he is creating a network of like minded teachers to combat the extremism. Step into Ayub’s classroom.

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Ayub leading an assembly

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Ayub in the classroom

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Ayub teaching his students

Colin Hegarty – United Kingdom

Colin teaches students in the UK, but he has harnessed the power of the internet to engage with them and help them grasp complicated mathematics. He has created over 1500 videos and made the freely available on his website and through YouTube. Step into Colin’s real and virtual classroom.


Colin in the classroom


Colin explaining Maths to his students


Colin and his students

Hanan Al Hroub – Palestine

Hanan teaches in a society that has been torn apart by conflict. The children are regularly exposed to violence. Hanan’s classroom is a space where she builds up student’s trust and affection in order to help them learn and thrive. Step into Hanan’s classroom.


Hanan and her students


Hanan teaching a lesson


Hanan and her students learning outside

Joe Fatheree – USA

Joe teaches in the USA. He understands that some kids just simply don’t respond to traditional teaching methods. He has devised new ways to foster their creativity. He uses music, books and short films to engage the students. His methods are used all over America. Step into Joe’s Classroom.


Joe explaining a concept to a student


Inside Joe’s classroom


Joe chatting with one of his students

Kazuya Takahashi – Japan

Kazuya teaches students in Japan where many students are channelled down a path to a pre-determined career. Kazuya’s innovative teaching methods are designed to develop creativity and independent thinking. Step into Kazuya’s classroom.

Maarit Rossi – Finland

Maarit teaches children in Finland. Too many children hate Maths and she is combating this with new teaching methods she has developed that make maths problems related about and realistic. Step into Maarit’s classroom.


Maarit teaching her students


Explaining Maths to her students


Inside Maarit’s classroom

Michael Soskil – USA

Michael teaches students in the USA, but he has taken the students of Wallenpaupack South Elementary School global. He believes in empowering his students and making them believe they can change the world. His school has helped provide clean water in Kenya, held video conferences with scientists in Antarctica and conservationists in Africa and had Kenyan children teach the school Swahili. Step into Michael’s classroom.


Michael teaching his students


Taking lessons outside


Michael engaging his students with technology

Richard Johnson – Australia

Richard teaches in Australia where he encourages children to embrace STEM subjects. He has transformed science teaching at his school in Western Australia. They have an innovative laboratory where students use robotics, 3D printing, augmented reality and a whole host of other technologies to learn. Step in Richard’s classroom.


Richard explaining concepts


Inside Richard’s hi-tech lab


Richard teaching his students

Robin Chaurasiya – India

Robin teaches the people of Kamathipura, Mumbai’s notorious red-light district. Here Robin is giving girls the opportunity to gain and education – an opportunity that did not exists before. She teaches them to think and speak for themselves. Step into Robin’s classroom.

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Robin in her classroom


Robin meditates with her students


Robin teaching her students


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