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Palestinian Teacher Wins Global Teacher Prize

March 14, 2016, midnight

Hanan al-Hroub, from Palestine, has won the $1m prize for Global Teacher, created by the Varkey Foundation. She was awarded the Nobel-style accolade for the teaching profession at the prestigious award ceremony in Dubai, yesterday. She was one of ten finalists from around the world, including the UK and the US, who were honoured at the ceremony.

She grew up in a refugee camp near Bethlehem and teaches refugee children using methods and approaches which help children who have grown up traumatized by violence in occupied Palestine.

Her victory was announced by Pope Francis and she was congratulated by Prince William via video messages. In her acceptance speech, Hanan al-Hroub said, “I am proud to be a Palestinian female teacher standing on this stage. I accept this as a win for teachers in general and Palestinian teachers in particular,” adding that she believed that ‘teachers could change the world’.

She plans to use the money to help students and teachers, around the world, progress in their education and careers.

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