The 2020 Global Teacher Prize has been awarded to Ranjitsinh Disale for his work in helping girls from impoverished backgrounds. They all belong to a village school in western India.
He was chosen from 12,000 nominations from over 140 countries around the world. The Indian teacher's win was announced by actor Stephen Fry through a virtual ceremony broadcast from the Natural History Museum in London.
Ranjitsinh Disale, a teacher in a village in the Indian state of Maharashtra, wins the Global Teacher Prize for 2020 pic.twitter.com/xdfl9BSm7O— Reuters (@Reuters) December 4, 2020
Disale announced that he would half the of the $1 million dollar prize money with the nine other finalists. That $55,000 will go to each of the other nine finalists from countries including Italy, Nigeria, and South Korea.
Disale is the sixth recipients of the award. The award has been established by the Varkey Foundation and is given in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).