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Global Teacher Prize winner vows to spend $1m prize on her pupils

Palestinian school teacher who won this year’s Global Teacher Prize to help her pupils at Samiha Khalil High School in Palestine.

Global Teacher Prize winner vows to spend $1m prize on her pupils
The winner of this year’s Global Teacher Prize in Dubai, Hanan al-Hroub, a Palestinian school teacher.

The winner of this year’s Global Teacher Prize in Dubai, Hanan al-Hroub, a Palestinian school teacher, has pledged to spend the $1m prize money on improving the lives of her pupils.

Hanan al-Hroub, a teacher in the West Bank city of al-Bireh outside Ramallah, was handed the second annual Global Teacher Prize by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, at a ceremony in Dubai on Sunday.

Al Hroub plans use the funds to help her pupils at Samiha Khalil High School and spread education throughout Palestine.

“I’m not interested in using the money for myself. It’s a lot of money and I could start a new life somewhere, but I’d rather use it to improve my country and the lives of these children,” al-Hroub told local media 7Days.

"If I wanted money and nothing else, I wouldn’t have been living in Palestine all this time. My family is very proud that I have won this award and I think it has helped tell the stories of teachers to the entire world.”

Al-Hroub was among 10 this year’s finalists while nine other nominated teachers were from Australia, Finland, India, Japan, Kenya, Pakistan, Britain and two from the United States.

The Global Teacher Prize was established in 2014 to annually recognise one exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession.

The award is presented by the Varkey Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established to improve the standards of education for underprivileged children throughout the world founded. It was initiated by Sunny Varkey, who is also the founder of the for-profit GEMS Education that has more than 130 schools around the world.

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