Published by: Sukanya Nandy
Last updated: Oct 02, 2023 08:29 IST
Deep Narayan Nayak, a primary school teacher from West Bengal, and Hari Krishna Patacharu, an English teacher from Andhra Pradesh, have made it into the top 50 shortlist for the Global Teacher Prize 2023 unveiled here recently.
The shortlist for the annual USD 1 million prize, organized by Varkey Foundation in collaboration with UNESCO and in strategic partnership with UAE-based global philanthropic organization Dubai Cares, was selected from more than 7,000 nominations and applications from 130 countries across the world. world.
The award is open to working teachers who teach children who are of compulsory school age or between the ages of five and eighteen.
Nayak, a teacher at Tilka Manjhi Adivasi Free Primary School at Jamuria in Asansol, was selected for his innovative teaching methods that have transformed the lives of underprivileged children facing educational and social challenges.
“During the pandemic, he turned mud walls into blackboards and roads into classrooms, bridging the digital divide for marginalized students. His focus on educating parents, eradicating superstition and tackling learning disabilities has empowered both children and communities,” the Global Teacher Prize said in a statement.
Nayak’s initiatives extend beyond education to address issues such as malnutrition, child exploitation and environmental sustainability. His ‘Raster Master’ project provides a global roadmap for inclusive education, addressing urgent post-COVID challenges.
Patacharu, a teacher at ZPHS Ilavaram in Bhattiprolu Mandal in Guntur district, was chosen for his work as an English teacher and embarked on a mission to overcome language barriers and enrich the lives of his students.
“Through innovative cross-cultural sessions and a global network of teachers, he transformed his classroom, allowing students to express themselves confidently in English. His efforts extended beyond language, providing educational opportunities and bridging gaps through international connections,” said the Global Teacher Prize.
“From pen pal programs to professional development, Hari Krishna’s passion for teaching has transcended boundaries and had a profound impact on his students and the education community in his region,” the report said.
Now in its eighth year, the award recognizes an exceptional teacher who has made an exceptional contribution to the profession and to highlight the important role teachers play in society.
“I would like to convey my warmest congratulations to Deep Narayan Nayak and Hari Krishna Patacharu. UNESCO is a proud partner of the Global Teacher Prize because teachers deserve our great recognition. They inspire and prepare children and young people on their way through a rapidly evolving world. Their efforts are playing a leading role in transforming education for the future,” said Stefania Giannini, Deputy Director-General for Education at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The award will now be limited to the top 10 finalists, to be announced later this year. The winner will be chosen from the top 10 finalists by the Global Teacher Prize Academy, made up of prominent individuals.
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