UAE students, parents urged to nominate inspirational teacher for $1 million award

Hanan Al Hroub, who won the Varkey Foundation’s US$1 million Global Teacher Prize 2016, urged all UAE school pupils and parents to nominate their most inspirational teacher to win next year’s prize.

Al Hroub, who was honoured for developing her ‘play and learn’ technique to help traumatised Palestinian primary school children, said, “The role of education for refugee children is not only to teach them to read and write, it is 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.”

Sunny Varkey, Founder of the Global Teacher Prize, said, “Teachers matter. Teachers like Hanan Al Hroub, who heal young minds as well as teach them, are a shining example to us all. Now, more than ever before we need great teachers to grow great minds in order to solve the world’s problems.

“Raising the bar of respect and celebrating teachers across the world will ultimately play a vital role in helping to recruit and retain the most talented candidates for the profession.”

The award

The applicants for the Global Teacher Prize 2017 will be shortlisted down to a top fifty and then a final ten, which will be announced in February 2017.

The winner will be chosen from 10 finalists by the Global Teacher Prize Academy made up of prominent individuals.

All 10 finalists will be flown to Dubai for an award ceremony taking place at the Global Education and Skills Forum in March 2017 where the winner will be announced live.

The closing date for applications is 14 October 2016.

The Prize is open to currently working teachers who teach children that 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. It 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

If teachers are being nominated, the person nominating them will write a brief description online explaining why.  The teacher being nominated will then be sent an email letting them know they’ve been nominated and inviting them to apply for the prize.
Applicants can apply in English, Mandarin, Arabic, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian. To join the conversation online follow @TeacherPrize and #teachersmatter on and

The US$1 million award is established to recognise 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. By unearthing thousands of stories of heroes that transform young people’s lives, the prize hopes to bring to life the exceptional work of millions of teachers all over the world.