$1m prize for most outstanding teacher

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Kenyan teachers stand a chance of winning $1m for their contribution towards education in their schools and communities by applying for The Global Teacher Prize. 

Started in 2014, by the Varkey Foundation, the global prize hopes that through the award, the reputation of teaching will be raised and even children will aspire to become teachers.
“We seek to celebrate the best teachers, those who inspire their students and community around them. The Foundation believes that vibrant education awakens and supports the full potential of young people,” said the prize's website.

A teacher is eligible for the award through nomination or application. One can nominate a teacher or apply themselves. The nomination process is quite simple. On the website, one simply fills out the contact details of the teacher they would like to nominate and why they believe the teacher should win the prize. The nominated teacher will then be required to fill out an application form.

If a teacher is applying for the prize or nominating themselves, they will just go straight to filling out the application form.

Two thirds of teachers feel under valued according to the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) by Organisation for Economic Development (OECD). This is among the problems that the Global Teacher Prize would like to solve with the $1m award. Apart from the potential of winning the  cash prize, applying for the award could also see a teacher receive national and international recognition by receiving a special commendation as  Top 50 outstanding applicant.

Invitation to The Global Education & Skills Forum 2016 (GESF) is another one of the perks that a teacher stands to win if they apply for the Global Teacher Prize. Taking place next year in Dubai, the GESF will bring together leading multi-stakeholders in the education sector to address how education, equity and employment can be delivered to all. By applying  for the teacher prize, 10 finalists will get the opportunity to attend this global conference.

The Global Teacher Prize is not an easy win however and the recipient of the award needs to be exemplary. The judging criteria of the award for instance looks for evidence of “recognition of a teacher’s achievements in the classroom and wider community and encouraging others to join the teaching profession,” said the award's website.

The application for the Global Teacher Prize closes on 18 October 2015. For more information, contact them on +44 (0) 20 7593 4040, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , log onto their website, tweet them @TeacherPrize or like their Facebook page.

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