SA teacher among 9 others to receive a portion of $1 million in prize money from the winner of the Global Teacher Prize

The overall winner of the Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher Prize 2020 award, Ranjitsinh Disale, from India shocked a lot of people when he announced that he will be sharing his $1 million prize money with all of the 9 finalists. Amongst these finalists is foundation phase teacher, Mokhudu Cynthia Machaba from Ngwanamago Primary School in Polokwane, Limpopo.

Macahaba has been teaching in this school for 13 years. She started in 2003 after completing a BComm Science degree in Communications. She is also a forward-thinking teacher, using technology to facilitate learning.

According to an official press release, “The Global Teacher Prize was set up to recognise one exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession as well as to shine a spotlight on the important role teachers play in society.”

The top 10 is selected from more than 120 000 candidates from 140 countries worldwide. 

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The awards have been running for 7 years and this particular gesture is a welcomed one. This is especially the case considering how difficult the year has been, even on school teachers.

Teacher Machaba says “in the year of COVID, which has brought unimaginable challenges to teachers across the world, he is a shining symbol of the incredible work that teachers do.”

Sunny Varkey, founder of the Global Teacher Prize, said: Congratulations to Ranjitsinh Disale for winning the Global Teacher Prize 2020. By sharing the prize money you teach the world the importance giving.”

The Global Teacher Prize encourages every teacher to be a voice for teachers everywhere.

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