A Palestinian teacher has been named as the world’s best teacher and awarded the $1 million (£710,000) Global Teacher Prize for her work in schools in the region.
Hanan Al Hroub, from Samiha Khalil High School, Al-Bireh, Palestine, grew up in Bethlehem refugee camp where she was regularly exposed to acts of violence. She went into primary education after her children were left deeply traumatised by a shooting incident they witnessed on their way home from school. She specialises in supporting children traumatised by violence.
“I am proud to be a Palestinian female teacher standing on this stage. I accept this as a win for all teachers in general and Palestinian teachers in particular,” Al Hroub said. “We, as teachers can build the values and morals of young minds to ensure a fair world, a more beautiful world and a more free world.
“The future seems far and ambiguous, however, when you are involved in making it, the world represents a light.”
Aqeela Asifi from Pakistan, who teaches children at the Kot Chandana refugee camp in Punjab was also included in Global Teacher prize 2016 finalists.