Ranjitsinh Disale from India has just been announced as the winner of the Global Teacher Prize 2020! 

Indian village teacher Ranjitsinh Disale, who transformed the life chances of young girls at the Zilla Parishad Primary School, Paritewadi, Solapur, Maharashtra, India, has been named the winner of the Global Teacher Prize 2020, in partnership with UNESCO.

In his winning speech Mr Disale made the extraordinary announcement that he will share half the prize money with his fellow Top 10 finalists, resulting in the other nine finalists receiving just over US$55,000 each. This is the first time in the Global Teacher Prize’s six year history that the overall winner has shared the prize money with other finalists.

Mr Disale was selected from over 12,000 nominations and applications from over 140 countries around the world. The Global Teacher Prize was set up to recognize one exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession as well as to shine a spotlight on the important role teachers play in society. Read more about Ranjit's work here.

For the first time, the Global Teacher Prize winning announcement was made at a virtual ceremony broadcast from the Natural History Museum in London, with  comedian, actor, writer and presenter Stephen Fry announcing the winner. The ceremony also included a special recognition for one teacher – a COVID hero – who has gone above and beyond to keep young people learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The US$45,000 COVID Hero Award, supported by CVC Capital Partners, was given to UK Maths teacher Jamie Frost, whose free DrFrostMaths became a lifeline for students shut out of classrooms all around the world. Read more about Jamie's work here 

At this year’s ceremony, the Varkey Foundation was also delighted to announce the launch of the new Chegg.org Global Student Prize, a US$50,000 sister prize to the Global Teacher Prize, which will open applications and nominations in the new year. The Global Student Prize will create a powerful new platform to highlight the efforts of extraordinary students throughout world that are making a real impact on learning, the lives of their peers and on society beyond.

Top 10 Finalists

The Global Teacher Prize is awarded to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession. This year’s Top 10 were selected from over 12,000 applications and nominations from over 140 countries around the world. Make sure you sign up to receive the latest update on the ceremony. Meet our outstanding Top 10 Finalists for 2020:

Top 10 Finalists 2020

Global Teacher Prize 2020 Top 50 Finalists

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.

Our Top 10 Finalists were chosen from our Top 50 outstanding Finalists for the 2020 Global Teacher Prize. Our Top 50 come from all corners of the globe. From teaching in remote towns and villages to inner-city schools, they advocate for inclusivity and for child rights, integrate migrants into classrooms, and nurture their students’ abilities and confidence. They are all champions for change and are inspiring their students and communities around them, please join us in congratulating them and acknowledging the amazing work they do!

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We look forward to announcing the application and nomination dates for the 2021 Global Teacher Prize in late January 2021.

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2020 Finalists

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