A Million Dollars To Teach

| December 29 , 2017 , 13:20 IST

The fifth edition of the Dubai based million dollar Global Teacher Prize announced its top 50 winners this week. Funded by the Varkey Foundation, the Prize has established an illustrious set of jury members that selects the best teacher amongst the nominations received from around the world. Each year, the winner is announced in a star-studded ceremony in Dubai. The purpose of the Prize is to celebrate the teaching profession as well as to encourage top talent to teach.

This year Pradeep Negi, a teacher from Government Inter College, BHEL has been selected to the top 50. 

Pradeep Negi

Pradeep uses a wheelchair after having childhood polio, in a remote rural area where most students are too poor to afford books, uniform, or attend school regularly because they work part-time to support their families. And so Pradeep has leveraged ICT tools to teach, including interactive quizzes, blogs, Wikis and e-content he has developed with government departments. His students have launched online campaigns to generate awareness on various social issues including saving electricity, saving wildlife, and the importance of voting.

Pradeep has also developed a training program for teachers. He has now trained more than 1200 teachers in his state. In 2014, he was one of the teachers who was awarded the National Award of ICT by the President of India in New Delhi.

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Last year Kavita Sanghvi, a teacher at Rishikul Vidyalaya was shortlisted as one of the top 50 teachers, whereas in 2016, Robin Chaurasiya, founder of an NGO Kranti that empowers marginalised girls in Mumbai’s red light district to become agents of social change, was shortlisted as one of the top 10 teachers.

According to the organisers, each year India has one of the largest number of teacher nominations for the Prize.