Hanan Al Hroub, a Palestinian, Wins $1 Million Global Teacher Prize!

Teacher Prize Winner 2016

Dear Commons Community,

Hanan Al Hroub is the second person to win the Global Teacher Prize, an annual award from the nonprofit Varkey Foundation, which describes it as the “Nobel Prize for Teaching.” More than 8,000 teachers in 140 countries applied for this year’s prize.  As reported in The Huffington Post:

“Teacher Hanan Al Hroub is trying to rid Palestine of violence, one classroom at a time. Al Hroub is dedicated to steering her primary school students away from lives of violence. She has a deep personal understanding of how violence can have a traumatizing effect, according to a press release from the Varkey Foundation. Growing up in a refugee camp, Al Hroub witnessed fighting at a young age. Then, many years later, her children witnessed a shooting that deeply disturbed them. In her book We Play and Learn, Al Hroub describes her method of promoting peace through developing trusting relationships with students and encouraging literacy, according to the press release. 

I tell the teachers, whether they are Palestinian or around the world: Our job is humane, its goals are noble,” Al Hroub says in a video about her work. “We must teach our children that our only weapon is knowledge and education.”

Pope Francis presented Al Hroub with her prize by videocast. Last year, Nancie Atwell, an English teacher from Maine, took home the prize. Al Hroub was one of 10 finalists in contention for the award.

Congratulations!  Al Hroub brings great pride to the teaching profession!


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