Swaroop Rawal is Global Teacher Prize 2019 finalist
Swaroop Rawal, a former Former Miss India and wife of Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal, has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Global Teacher Prize 2019. Rawal, who teaches at the Lavad Primary School in Gujarat, was chosen from 10,000 applications from 179 countries. The annual prize sponsored by the Varkey Foundation will be announced at the Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF) in Dubai in March. The fiercely contested prize is worth $1 million.
Rawal has been chosen for her unique method of teaching where she uses drama, group discussion, brainstorming, debate, games, song, and drawing to make concepts accessible to kids. Her teaching methods have helped children in villages and those who are economically and socially disadvantaged. She is also a teacher-trainer who has trained over 10,000 teachers.
After the announcement of her nomination for the prize, Rawal said in an interview to PTI, “This solidifies that some very special people are noticing and celebrating the work done by teachers.” She also said, “Given the scale of the education challenge world over, I strongly believe every effort made in education should be celebrated and thus I congratulate my fellow teachers; those have made to the list and also those who haven’t.”
Global Teacher Prize
The Global Teacher Prize is an annual US $1 million award by the Varkey Foundation to a teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession. Nominations of teachers who meet specific criteria are open to the worldwide public, and teachers can also nominate themselves. The judging is done by the Global Teacher Prize Academy, consisting of head teachers, education experts, commentators, journalists, public officials, tech entrepreneurs, company directors, and scientists from around the world.
The annual prize was launched at the second annual Global Education and Skills Forum in March 2014 and received over 5,000 nominations from 127 countries.
The Global Teacher Prize, which has been referred to by journalists as the Nobel Prize for teaching, highlights and celebrates the profession while giving greater recognition to the work of teachers all over the world The head of the Varkey Foundation has asserted that, “We want to promote teachers as stars and to support the quality of education to highlight the enormous impact teachers have on our lives” “Teaching needs to be the most important profession in the world and they’ve got to be given their due respect.