Meet our Top 50 Finalists!

Global Teacher Prize 2020

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

Over the last few weeks, 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 new 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 Autumn 2020.

Meet Peter Tabichi, winner of the Global Teacher Prize 2019

The winner of the 2019 US $1 million prize was announced on stage by movie star Hugh Jackman.

Peter was chosen from our top 10 finalists who 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 the classrooms, and nurture their students’ abilities and confidence using music, technology, robotics and science.

Peter has dedicated his life to helping others. He gives 80% of his teaching salary to local community projects, including education, sustainable agriculture and peace-building. 

Read about Peter’s amazing story here 

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Peter Tabichi

The 2019 Global Teacher Prize winner.


Andria Zafirakou

The 2018 Global Teacher Prize winner.

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