J'can misses out on US$1m global teacher prize

J'can misses out on US$1m global teacher prize

J'can misses out on US$1m global teacher prize

The victor of the Global Teacher Prize, the largest of its kind and is awarded under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The prize was established three years ago to recognize one exceptional teacher a year who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession, employs innovative classroom practices and encourages others to join the teaching profession.

The victor was announced by a video-link with astronauts on the International Space Station.

Ms MacDonnell lives and works in Salluit, an Inuit community in the far north of Quebec which has experienced a number of social problems, including a high number of suicides.

MacDonnell was among 10 finalists flown to Dubai to attend the ceremony.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, presented Ms MacDonnell with the award on the final day of the Global Education and Skills Forum at the Atlantis, The Palm hotel. "There are no roads to Salluit - it is only accessible by air and it gets cold, really cold, negative 20 degrees Celsius this time of year".

"None of these giant leaps would have been possible without teachers", he said.

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She described how it felt to be a teacher after the suicide of a student.

Maggie MacDonnell has won a global teaching prize worth $1 million United States for her work in Salluit, a small community in northern Quebec.

A Canadian teacher has been awarded US$1 million (Dh3.67m) for her work with indigenous communities at a ceremony in Dubai. "There's a stillness and a silence that's coming from that desk". The award ceremony featured TV personality Bear Grylls and Italian singer Andrea Bocelli, as well as video messages from Prince Harry and Thomas Pesquet, an astronaut now aboard the International Space Station.

The prize is aimed at raising the status of teaching - with a show-business style ceremony with glamour and famous names.

"The memory that continues to haunt me is when I see these Canadian teenagers, their very own classmates of the deceased, literally digging the grave", she said.

Astronaut Thomas Pesquet, speaking from the International Space Station, said: "I'd like to be the first person in history to thank all the world's teachers from space".

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