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‘World’s most exceptional teacher’

Teacher Ranjitsinh Disale, who transformed the life chances of young girls at the Zilla Parishad Primary School, Paritewadi, Solapur, Maharashtra, has been named the winner of the Global Teacher Prize 2020, in partnership with UNESCO.

Teacher Ranjitsinh Disale, who transformed the life chances of young girls at the Zilla Parishad Primary School, Paritewadi, Solapur, Maharashtra, has been named the winner of the Global Teacher Prize 2020, in partnership with UNESCO.

In his winning speech, Ranjitsinh made an extraordinary announcement that he will share half the prize money with his fellow top 10 finalists, resulting in the other nine finalists receiving over US$55,000 each. “It would be unfair to take it all alone… look at their work, it’s exceptional. I believe teachers can bring real change and I want each one of us to get an equal chance to do so,” he said.

This is the first time in the Global Teacher Prize’s six-year history that the overall winner has shared the prize money with other finalists.

Ranjitsinh was selected from over 12,000 nominations and applications from over 140 countries around the world. The Global Teacher Prize was set up to recognize one exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession as well as t shine a spotlight on the important role teachers play in society.

For the first time, the Global Teacher Prize-winning announcement was made at a virtual ceremony broadcast from the Natural History Museum in London, with comedian, actor, writer, and presenter Stephen Fry announcing the winner.

This is not the first international recognition for Ranjitsinh. He has earlier been recognized by Microsoft as the Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and won the National Innovation Foundation’s Innovator of the Year Award in 2018.

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