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IN People ON 04 Sep, 2016
In India, Teachers' day is celebrated on 5th of September which is also the birth date of the second President of India Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. The aim of celebrating this day is to pay tribute to our late President and also honor the contribution of our teachers in educating us.
There are many teachers who are doing extraordinary work in the field of education in different parts of the world. While some are providing free education to refugee kids, others are enlightening trafficked people in red light areas.
These teachers were also the top 10 finalists for Global Teacher Prize (2016). Let's check out the top 10 teachers in the world and their contribution to the society.
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Hanan Al Hroub from Palestine is the winner of Global Teacher Prize award from the Varkey Foundation. She was a refugee in the Palestinian refugee camp, Bethlehem and had been the victim of violence for several years. After losing her kids in shooting incident, Hanan thought of helping others and eventually became a teacher.
Aqueela Asifi was basically an Afghani woman who was forced to leave her country due to Taliban in 1992. She started working as a teacher at refugee camp in Pakistan. Due to lack of resources, she used pieces of cloth and created hand written books to teach girl children at the time when girl education was not allowed in Pakistan.
Robin was forced to leave her profile of Air Force Officer in the US due to her sexual preferences. She decided to opt for teaching and found an NGO called Kranti (Revolution) in India. Her organization empowers the marginalized girls belonging to red light areas in Mumbai. Robin is turning trafficked kids and kids of hookers into peer teachers and community leaders.
Joe teaches media production and innovation to his students in an awesome way. He uses hip-hop music to teach literature to his students. His students now specialize in producing music, books and short films as per the industry standards. Joe runs a program that helps the students to create startups after completion of their graduation.
Colin Hegarty is the first person of his family who got the opportunity to attend the university. He possesses a first class degree in Mathematics from Oxford University. Colin has made 1,500 online Mathematics tutorials which have got 5 million views. His free resources are providing great help to students across the world.
Richard Johnson is the first person who set up science laboratory in school of Australia. He also bagged the Prime Minister's Prize for Science Teaching in 2013. Richard's students use robotics and 3D printing technology. His school is awarded as Teacher Development Status and his website has got more than 320,000 page views.
Ayub is a teacher of business management in Nairobi. He teaches skills of successful entrepreneurship to his students. Ayub had also taught at several schools in rural areas. He spoke at the Global Counter Terrorism forum in Abu Dhabi. Ayub is the founder of an anti-terror network of teachers which combat religious extremism and terrorism in schools.
Maarit Rossi developed a fresh approach to ease the understanding of Mathematics for students. She had also been the co-author of 9 Finnish Mathematics textbooks. Maarit's learning approach helped in improving the academic performance of students in Finland. She was featured in Huffington Post and on television for her achievement.
Michael Soskil provides distance learning service projects to students around the globe. His students teach Mathematics to Kenyan students through the Internet. Michael's students achieve 100% pass rates in state Math exams every year. Besides teacher, Michael also works as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and NGO adviser.
Kazuya Takahashi possesses master's degree in science. He organized the first space elevator competition for high school students. He follows an innovative and inclusive approach for teaching his students and conducts monthly workshops for his colleagues as well. Kazuya offers voluntary opportunities to his students in different countries.
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