The winner of the Global Teacher Prize 2020 is Ranjitsinh Disale from the Paritewadi village in Maharashtra, India. He won $1 million dollars but he gave half away to the nine runner-up teachers, reports the BBC. The annual prize was created in 2014 by the Varkey Foundation to recognize exceptional teachers.
“Today, I would like to announce that 50% of the prize money will be equally shared with the rest of the nine top ten finalists because I believe together we can make a difference and make this world a better place,” he said.
The nine teachers hail from Vietnam, Italy, Brazil, Malaysia, Nigeria, South Korea, South Africa, United States, and the United Kingdom. Each will get around $55,555. This year, 12,000 teachers were nominated for the world’s best teacher.
Ranjitsinh Disale won the Global Teacher Prize for his work as a teacher at Zilla Parishad Primary School. The 32-year-old was recognized for helping disadvantaged girls in India get an education so they won’t have to get married off at an early age.
His journey in becoming the best teacher started in 2009 when he arrived at the Zilla Parishad Primary School, reports NDTV. He translated the textbooks into their mother tongue and embedded them with QR codes for easy access by the students. As a result of his tireless work, there has been 100 percent attendance and no teenage marriages.
He also provides online science lessons to students in 83 countries. Additionally, he helps young people in conflict zones such as India and Pakistan connect through his “Let’s Cross the Borders” project in the hopes of bringing peace.