On the 13th of March 2016, Hanan Al Hroub, a primary school teacher in Palestine was announced by Pope Francis as the 2016 winner of the Global Teacher Prize. She went into primary education after her children were left deeply traumatised by a shooting incident they witnessed on their way home from school. Hanan embraces the slogan ‘No to Violence’ and uses a specialist approach she developed herself, detailed in her book, ‘We Play and Learn’. She focuses on developing trusting, respectful, honest and affectionate relationships with her students and emphasises the importance of literacy. Here is a look at how the world is celebrating Hanan. An interview on CNN International with Christiane AmanpourClick here to watch the interview. Christiane Amanpour interviews 2016 Global Teacher Prize Winner, Hanan Al Hroub, and 2016 Top 10 Finalist, Colin Hegarty. Buzzfeed picked up the story Buzzfeed picked up the story just moments after Hanan was announced the 2016 Winner of the Global Teacher Prize. Click here to read the story. Palestine News Network reported on Hanan's success Read the article written by the Palestine News Network here. The BBC runs the story The story of Hanan Al Hroub winning the 2016 Global Teacher Prize was also picked up by the BBC. Click here to read their coverage of Hanan. There were many congratulatory messages for Hanan on Twitter as well. See just a few of the people who joined in the celebrations.
Congratulations to @Hanan_Hroub for winning the Global Teacher's Prize. Your dedication to traumatized children is an inspiration to all.— Rania Al Abdullah (@QueenRania) March 13, 2016
The Duke: A good teacher holds the power to influence, inspire and shape a young person's life for the better #TeachersMatter#teacherprize — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 13, 2016
مبروك ل حنان حروب من فلسطين فوزها بجائزة المعلم العالمية....@teacherprize#teachersmatterpic.twitter.com/REMfFWrdYm — Muna AbuSulayman (@MunaAbuSulayman) March 15, 2016
The world's best teacher is a Palestinian woman.https://t.co/5Uy587G7tL — AJ+ (@ajplus) March 14, 2016Not only is she a worthy winner, but a humble one. Once again, congratulations Hanan Al Hroub!