Maggie Macdonnel wins 2017 global teacher prize

Maggie MacDonnell has been awarded the best teacher in the world with a cash prize of one million dollars.

Maggie, who teaches in a remote village in the Canadian Arctic beat nine others including one from Africa to annex the highest prize.

The announcement was made by Astronaut Thomas Pesquet from space at the Global Education and Skills Forum organised by the Varkey Foundation under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.

Saluit,where Maggie teaches is a remote community in the arctic with no roads and is only accessible by air.

It is a really cold community with the temperatures getting as low as minus 20. Maggie after receiving the award was grateful for the honour done teachers whose contributions are mostly ignored.

Recieving The awards she said, The nomination process created a means for more than 20,000 teachers to feel valued and revitalized and to have their professional commitment validated.

“On a personal note I would like to invite my students to share in this award, as I have won this not for them but with them.”

The Global Teacher Prize does just that by awarding one million dollars to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession.

The award is presented annually at the Global Education & Skills Forum put together by the Varkey Foundation. It recognises great teachers and aims to provide an incentive for a new generation to join the profession.

Now in its third year, the US $1 million award is the largest prize of its kind, and was set up to recognize one exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession as well as to shine a spotlight on the important role teachers play in society.

This year’s 10 finalists were from Brazil, Spain, Pakistan, UK, Germany,Jamaica, Canada,Australia,China and Kenya.

Ghana’s Minister of Education Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh who was present at the ceremony expressed worry why no Ghanaian Teacher made it to the top 50 let alone the top 10.
He said the Ministry would do its best to make sure ghanaian teachers had the opportunity to participate in future awards.

BY AGNES OPOKU SARPONG

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