Global Teacher Prize 2020

Ranjitsinh Disale just announced as our seventh Top 10 Finalist! 

Stephen Fry has just announced Ranjitsinh Disale from India, as the seventh Top 10 finalist for the Global Teacher Prize 2020! Ranjitsinh initially wanted to be an IT engineer, but after engineering college did not work out as he anticipated, his father suggesting teacher training as an alternative. Initially hesitant, Ranjitsinh’s time in teacher training college was life-changing. He saw that teachers are the real change-makers in the world, and decided to become one. Read more about Ranjitsinh Disale here.

Meet our Top 50 Finalists for the Global Teacher Prize 2020! 

Over the last few months, in a world turned upside down, we’ve been daily reminded how much we rely on the world's teachers. Now, more than ever, we must shine a light on their profession.

As global education systems adapt to a new and unfamiliar terrain, the one voice that should never be drowned out is that of the teacher. As schools have been forced to shut their gates, parents and students know their true value – and the lessons they teach us all far beyond the classroom.

We are honoured to announce the Top 50 outstanding Finalists for the 2020 Global Teacher Prize. Supporting teachers as they continue to inspire, even as the world shifts under their feet, isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the wellspring of our future. Please join us in congratulating them and acknowledging the amazing work they do!

Click here to meet our Top 50 finalists

The Global Teacher Prize is a US $1million award, presented annually to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession. The Varkey Foundation established the prize in 2014, to recognise and celebrate the impact that teachers have around the world – not only on their students, but on the communities around them.

Applications and Nominations for the 2021 Prize will open online in January 2021.

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Peter Tabichi 2019

The 2019 Global Teacher Prize winner.


Andria Zafirakou 2018

The 2018 Global Teacher Prize winner.

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