Indian Teacher wins US $1 million Global Teacher Prize 2020

04 - Quality Education

Ranjitsinh Disale, a primary school teacher from the Solapur village in Maharashtra, won the US $1 million Global Teacher Prize 2020, founded by the Varkey Foundation, and organized in partnership with UNESCO. The announcement was made today in a virtual ceremony hosted by British actor Stephen Fry from the Natural History Museum in London.

Ranjitsinh Disale was one of ten finalists nominated, and he was recognized for his efforts at promoting girls' education and triggering a quick-response (QR) coded textbook revolution in India. In his winning speech, he announced that he intends to share half of the prize money with the remaining nine teachers from the Global Teacher Prize 2020 finalists. 

Teachers are the real change-makers who are changing the lives of their students with a mixture of chalk and challenges. They always believe in giving and sharing,

Ranjitsinh Disale, Winner of the Global Teacher Prize 2020

With more than 63 million teachers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, more than ever, we need to invest in teachers to meet their commitments and support inclusive education at all levels through the recovery and beyond.

Eric Falt, UNESCO New Delhi Director

The Global Teacher Prize is a US $1 million award presented annually to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession. This year’s 10 finalists were selected from over 12,000 applications and nominations from over 140 countries around the world.