Global Teachers’ Prize: Six Africans Make Top 50 Shortlist

Six Africans are part of the top 50 shortlisted classroom teachers for the first edition of the $1million (N165m) Varkey GEMS Foundation Global Teacher Prize widely referred to as the “Nobel Prize for Teaching”.

The shortlisted teachers are Jacque Kahura of Bofa Primary School, Kilifi, Kenya; Andrews Nchessie of Kasungu Demonstration School & Kasungu Teacher Training College in Kasungu, Malawi; Souad Belcaid of American School of Tangier, Tangier, Morocco; Malima Chisumo of Nsumba Secondary School, Mwanza, Tanzania; Ronald Ddungu of Gayaza High School, Kampala, Uganda and Rafieferana Faly from Madagascar.

United Kingdom-based Varkey GEMS Foundation (VGF) instituted the prize to reward teachers for their achievements and enormous impact on people across the world. The top award is to be given to an exceptional teacher, who has made outstanding contributions to the profession in his or her sphere of service.
The final 50 “classroom teachers” on the shortlist were selected from about 5,000 nominations and 1,300 final applications from 127 countries across the world, including the United States of America, United Kingdom, Italy, Kenya, Uganda, India, Afghanistan, Australia, Argentina, Mexico and Jordan.
The winner will be announced on Monday, March 16th, 2015 at the Global Education and Skills Forum scheduled to hold in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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