She believed that Ghanaian teachers stand a great chance of winning in 2017, as Africa has been shortlisted this year to participate in the Global Teacher Prize slated in March next year in Dubai.
“If Ghanaian teachers apply, or are nominated, they could be potentially shortlisted as top 50 candidates later in the year and their inspirational stories publicised, helping to raise the bar of respect for the profession,” she said.
Al Hroub, who was herself born in a refugee camp in Bethlehem, also called on Governments and aid agencies to ensure there was adequate funding, school places and social service support for traumatised refugee children entering new host countries.
“As I have experienced in my conflict-riven homeland, children who see conflict around them on a daily basis experience profound and deep-rooted psychological harm. It is therefore crucial that children that arrive in a new host country have a safe, secure and loving environment,” she said.
She said the role of education for refugee children was not only to teach them to read and write but also to give them the resilience and persistence they need to deal with what they have experienced, and to avoid repeating the violence they have witnessed.
“I encourage parents and pupils to think about the positive teacher role models here in Ghana that are making a difference to children whose lives have been torn apart. Without their human intervention, innovation and inspiration these children would have no hope. If a Ghanaian teacher isn’t nominated or doesn’t apply then they can’t get the recognition they deserve,” she said
The Prize is open to currently working teachers who teach children who are in compulsory schooling, or are between the ages of five and eighteen. Teachers who teach on a part-time basis are also eligible, as are teachers of online courses.
The award is open to teachers in every kind of school and, subject to local laws, in every country in the world.
The public can nominate a teacher, or teachers can apply themselves by filling an application form at globalteacherprize.org.
By Agnes Opoku Sarpong