In pictures: Dubai Ruler honors winner of Global Teacher Prize
Briton Andria Zafirakou, who works in a school in one of the UK's poorest areas, on Sunday won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize for 2018 at a star-studded ceremony in Dubai.
Andria Zafirakou, an art and textiles teacher from Alperton Community School, Brent, London, has been named as the winner of the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2018. British Prime Minister Theresa May, in a video message broadcast at the gala event, said: "Being a great teacher requires resilience, ingenuity, and a generous heart. These are the qualities that you share with your students every day. "Congratulations to Andria Zafirakou for having won the Global Teacher award," tweeted Sheikh Mohammed after handing her the prize. This is the fourth year of the award, an initiative of the non-profit Varkey Foundation, which also launched the annual GESF six years ago. Winner of the 2018 Global Teacher Prize at The Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai. Cabinet Member and Minister of State for International Cooperation H.E. Reem Bint Ebrahim Al Hashimy delivered speech during the Global Teacher Prize at The Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai. Winner of the 2018 Global Teacher Prize at The Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai. She redesigned the school's curriculum "to resonate with an ethnically diverse student body" and learnt the basics of some of the 35 languages spoken at the school to communicate with parents and students. Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton raced to the venue to deliver the trophy while South African comedian Trevor Noah hosted the event which included a performance by Oscar-winning actress and Grammy award winning singer Jennifer Hudson. The winner will walk away with $1 million which will be paid in equal instalments over 10 years on one condition - she continues teaching for at least five years. British Formula One driver for Mercedes' AMG Petronas team Lewis Hamilton (L) and South African comedian Trevor Noah present the 'Global Teacher Prize' at The Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai