An Indian school teacher Ranjitsinh Disale has been awarded the 2020 Global Teacher Prize for his efforts to promote girls' education at the school, where mostly pupils are from tribal community.
Ranjitsinh Disale, a school teacher at Zilla Parishad Primary School, Paritewadi village in the Indian state of Maharashtra, is declared as winner of Global Teacher Award 2020, from more than 12,000 nominations and applications, from over 140 countries around the world, .
Disale learned the local language of the village in order to translate class textbooks into his pupils' mother tongue. He also created unique QR codes on the textbooks to give students access to video lectures and audio poems, stories and assignments to his pupils. The creativity that Disale developed resulted quite good improvement in the school attendance.
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The 'Global Teacher Prize' is run by the Varkey Foundation in partnership with UNESCO, celebrating "exceptional" teachers who make an outstanding contribution to their profession.
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Indian schoolteacher has also vowed to give half of the $1 million prize money to the runners-up. Speaking on the occassion of Glogal Teacher Prize, Ranjitsinh Disale said - "I believe that if I share this prize money with nine teachers it means I can scale up their work. Their incredible work is still worthy. If I share the prize money with the rest of the teachers they will get a chance to continue their work... and we can reach out and lighten the lives of as many students as we can."