INDIAN TEACHER FROM MAHARASHTRA WINS $1M AND SHARES HALF WITH FINALISTS!

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INDIAN TEACHER FROM MAHARASHTRA
INDIAN TEACHER FROM MAHARASHTRA

Education is a birthright and it cannot be taken from anyone at any cost by anyone. But the light of education sometimes fails to reach the darkest destination. And someone out of nowhere takes the oil lamp to lighten up that darkest place. Rajitsinh Disale is that someone who is a primary school teacher at Pariteadi village in Maharashtra’s Solapur district. He has promoted the education of underprivileged girls. He ensures those girls went to school and achieved high results rather than dropping out from school and getting married before age.  He also provides online science lessons for students around 83 countries and runs an international project building connections between young people in conflict zone. British actor-broadcaster Stephen Fry made the announcement of the Global Teacher Prize 2020 winner’s name at a virtual ceremony. It was broadcasted from the Natural History Museum in London. The prize is given to the exceptional teacher who makes outstanding contribution to the profession. The annual prize was founded by the Varkey Foundation in 2020. Mr Disale who was named the world’s most exceptional teacher, ahead of 12,000 other nominations, believes that teachers are the world’s “real change makers”. He has announced that he will be sharing 50 per cent of his prize money with his fellow finalists to support their “incredible work”. He has also said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed education and the communities it serves in a multitude of ways. But, in this hard time, teachers are giving their best to make sure every student has access to their birthright of a good education. Teachers are the real change makers who are changing the lives of their students with a mixture of chalk and challenges. They always believe in giving and sharing. Therefore, I am very pleased to announce that I will share 50 per cent of the prize money equally among my fellow top 10 finalists to support their incredible work. I believe, together, we can change this world because sharing is growing.” He also added, “Of course, I want to work for the students in India. But at the same time, I would like to work for the students across the borders as I believe that the world is my classroom. There are several teachers in the country, who possess innovative ideas to transform education and I think that fund can be used for such talent.” Indian education philanthropist Sunny Varkey, the founder of the prize said, “By sharing the prize money, you teach the world the importance of giving.” Mr. Disale has become an inspiration to millions through his exceptional work.

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