A Palestinian teacher was recently awarded the Global Teacher Prize — think of it as the Nobel Peace Prize for teachers — at a ceremony in Dubai.
Hanan al-Hroub was recognized for her outstanding work with children who have been exposed to violence.
According to BBC, al-Hroub grew up in a refugee camp near Bethlehem. She now works at a primary school in the West Bank city of al-Bireh, where she teaches children the importance of non-violence through fun and playful activities.
The Global Teacher Prize reports that al-Hroub focuses on developing trust, respect, honesty, and affectionate relationships with her students. She also emphasizes the importance of literacy.
And her approach to education and non-violence seems to be resonating to her students as the school has seen a decline in violent behaviors from students.
During the ceremony al-Hroub stated how proud she was to be a Palestinian female teacher.
“I accept this as a win for all teachers in general and Palestinian teachers in particular,” al-Hroub said during her acceptance speech. Each day, the role of the teacher is reinforced and its importance confirmed as the world questions what future we want for our children.”
Al-Hroub was also awarded $1 million for her work. The teacher plans to use the money to create scholarships for extraordinary students to inspire them to become teachers.
Teachers are the unsung heroes that are changing the world — it’s high time we recognize them for their extraordinary work.
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