“Education unites us all.”–2016 Global Teacher Prize Winner, Hanan Al Hroub
The Global Teacher Prize Ceremony was held on the 13th of March, 2016 at the Atlantis Palm Hotel in Dubai. The event was attended by many prestigious guests but the most exciting moment of the night was Pope Francis announcing the 2016 Winner of Global Teacher Prize, Hanan Al Hroub. Congratulations to Hanan and all the 2016 Global Teacher Prize Finalists.
The ceremony kicked off with a incredible cultural performance of Shakuntala by GEMS Modern Academy.
Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimi, Minster of State, UAE then delivered an opening address talking about the importance of teachers and their ability to inspire their students.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai then arrived at the 2016 Global Teacher Prize Ceremony.
Matthew McConaughey and Abhishek Bachchan shared how teachers have impacted their lives. Matthew McConaughey credits his mum who is a teacher herself. Abhishek Bachchan introduced the Global Teacher Prize Top 10 Finalists. Professor Stephen Hawking welcomed the Top 10 Finalists to the stage.
Parineeti Chopra and Fareed Zakaria introduced a video message from Bill Clinton where he congratulated all of the Top 10 Finalists.
We then heard an inspirational video message from Vice President of the USA, Joe Biden. He shared the importance of teachers in his life and credited his wife who is a full time professor at a local community college. Vice President of the USA, Joe Biden congratulated and thanked the Top 10 Finalists.
HRH Prince William Duke of Cambridge also shared a video message. He thanked the teachers for their dedication to education and for inspiring us all.
Akshay Kumar and Salma Hayek introduced Pope Francis who introduced the winner of the Global Teacher Prize.
Congratulations to Hanan Al Hroub the winner of the 2016 Global Teacher Prize.
Congratulations to this year’s Global Teacher Prize Winner, Hanan Al Hroub from Palestine! In a society torn apart by conflict where children are regularly exposed to violence, Hanan is building trust and supporting children suffering psychological trauma – from the heart of her classroom. Please click here to find out more.
Hanan Al Hroub was engulfed by a media frenzy as soon as the ceremony was over!