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Vinamrata Borwankar, December 4, 2020: The Times of India
Global award for zilla parishad school teacher
Ranjitsinh Disale, a 32-year-old zilla parishad primary school teacher from Pairtewadi village in Solapur, on Thursday became the first Indian to bag the Global Teacher Prize worth $1 million for his plans to support teacher innovation and to create a peace army of students from the world over. Disale said he will share half the prize money with his fellow finalists.
Starting 2014, the Varkey Foundation in partnership with Unesco set up the Global Teacher Prize to recognize one 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.
Disale selected from pool of 12k nominations from 140 nations
Disale will get the money in 10 instalments over the next 10 years. He was selected from over 12,000 nominations and applications from over 140 countries around the world. Ten teachers across the globe were shortlisted last month, and Disale was announced the winner on Thursday in London. Disale, who along with his family attended the award ceremony virtually from his home in Solapur’s Barshi district, told TOI, “I am over the moon and very excited to be able to fulfil my plans for students. Additionally, I wanted to ensure that the other finalists don’t give up on their plans just because they didn’t get the prize money.” The Global Teacher Prize website said it’s the first time in its six-year history that the winner has shared the prize money with the other finalists, resulting in them receiving just over $55,000 each. From his share of the prize money, Disale will dedicate 30% to a teacher innovation fund and the rest to his project ‘Let’s Cross the Borders’, which connects young people from India and Pakistan, Palestine and Israel, Iraq and Iran and the US and North Korea. For the past three years, over six weeks, students have been matched with peers from other nations to interact and learn about their conflicts, understand similarities, build empathy and suggest solutions for peace.