Kate-Lynne Wolmarans20 Mar 2017 AT 10:43 AM

Canadian teacher wins US$1 million in Dubai

Dubai ruler awards Maggie MacDonnell with the Global Teacher Prize
Kate-Lynne Wolmarans20 Mar 2017 AT 10:43 AM
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School, Education, HH Sheikh Mohammed
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They spend countless hours nurturing our minds and fostering our mental growth but little is known about the tireless effort that goes into doing just that – there’s organizing class schedules, mentoring a hand full of students, report cards and then there’s the actual teaching process.

So, in order to thank those who have excelled in the difficult yet extremely rewarding field of teaching, the Varkey Foundation under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister, and ruler of Dubai, devised the Global Teacher Prize, which sees one lucky teacher win AED3.67million (US$1million) for his or her efforts.

This year, Canadian teacher Maggie MacDonnell took home that honour. MacDonnell who hails from an isolated corner of Quebec, Canada was selected from among 10 international finalists who had flown in for the two-day Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF), held at Atlantis, The Palm.

MacDonnel who is now the third teacher to win the award, not only walked away with the grand prize, she also got to meet Sheikh Mohammed.

The 67-year-old Dubai ruler not only attended the event with his son Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, he was the one who handed her the prize.

Sheikh Mohammed later took to social media to share his thoughts on the night: “It was a pleasure to award Canadian Maggie MacDonnell the $1m Global Teacher Prize, for her excellence serving the noblest of professions.

“Recognising teachers’ efforts aims to honour the work of these change makers. Supporting education means advancing knowledge in all fields,” he said on his twitter account. 

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