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Global Teaching prize awarded to Palestinian teacher

15/03/2016 Joanna
Hanan al-Hroub, a Palestinian teacher who works with children exposed to violence, has won the $1 million (£706,000) Global Teaching prize. Ten finalists, including UK maths teacher Colin Hegarty, attended a ceremony in Dubai where the winner was announced.

The Duke of Cambridge has paid tribute to the "incredible work" of the teaching profession as the Nobel-style award was handed to the teacher from Palestine. 

In a video link to the event, Prince William said he had been taught by "some of the best teachers in the world".

"I know what an incredible teacher can mean to a child," he said. "A good teacher holds the power to influence, inspire and shape a young person’s life for the better. They represent the key to real change in this world."

The prince added: "Teachers are also uniquely placed to recognise and support the most vulnerable and troubled children in our society, reaching young people early on in their education and providing them with the extra support they need and giving them the best possible chance in life. This is an incredible responsibility."

Speaking after the ceremony, Mr Hegarty, who has created more than 1,000 maths videos explaining the subject to children, said: "I’m not disappointed at all. I spent an hour with Hanan earlier and she is an amazing, inspirational woman. The right person won, without question."

The winner of the award receives the cash prize and is also asked to serve as a global ambassador for the Varkey Foundation, attending events and speaking about their work.

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