Indian Actor and Teacher Swaroop Rawal Among Dubai’s $1 Mn Global Teachers PrizeGulf News

February 21, 2019 12:27
Indian Actor and Teacher Swaroop Rawal Among Dubai’s $1 Mn Global Teachers Prize

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Indian actor and life skills teacher Swaroop Rawal has been named among the top 10 finalists of the USD 1 million Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize for her use of unique teaching methods to reach out to children across different segments of society in India.

Rawal, who teaches at Lavad Primary School in Gujarat, was shortlisted from about 10, 000 nominations and applications across 179 countries for the annual prize, to be announced at the Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF) in Dubai next month.

“This solidifies that some very special people are noticing and celebrating the work done by teachers,” Rawal said, in response to the announcement.

“Given the scale of the education challenge world over, I strongly believe every effort made in education should be celebrated and thus I congratulate my fellow teachers; those have made to the list and also those who haven't,” she said.

Rawal, a former Miss India and the wife of actor Paresh Rawal, says she went into teaching to accomplish two goals to help make children more resilient through life skills education and to bring new methods to teaching.

“I want my children to be equipped with life skills that not only make them resilient but emotionally empowered. I want life skills education in all schools, for all children, from all age groups,” she said.

According to the Global Teacher Prize, her teaching has reached children on the streets, in rural communities, economically and socially disadvantaged children, as well as elite schoolchildren.

In order to reach out to them, Rawal uses drama in education an active, learner-centered method which includes group discussion, brainstorming, debate, games, song, and drawing.

Her approach has had an impact on the lives of those she has taught, preventing child marriage in Bhadbhediya and child labor in Sodvadra's diamond polishing industry by facilitating children's return to school.

She has also contributed to the understanding of teaching in India, becoming a teacher-trainer and training more than 10,000 teachers.

“I hope her story will inspire those looking to enter the teaching profession and also shine a powerful spotlight on the incredible work teachers do all over India and throughout the world every day,” said Sunny Varkey, the Indian-origin entrepreneur founder of the United Kingdom-based Varkey Foundation.

“The thousands of nominations and applications we received from every corner of the planet is a testimony to the achievements of teachers and the enormous impact they have on all of our lives,” he said.

Rawal will compete with teachers from the Netherlands, UK, United States, Georgia, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, Japan, and Kenya, shortlisted by the Global Teacher Prize Committee from a worldwide top 50.

The winner of this year's prize will be chosen from the final 10 by the Global Teacher Prize Academy and formally announced at a gala award ceremony at the end of the Global Education & Skills Forum in Dubai on March 24.

-Sowmya Sangam

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