UK based teacher Andria Zafirakou wins $1 million Global Teacher Prize 2018

UK based teacher Andria Zafirakou wins $1 million Global Teacher Prize 2018

Andria Zafirakou, an art and textiles teacher from Alperton Community School, Brent, London, United Kingdom, has been named the winner of the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2018. The British teacher won a US$1 million award and a gold cup in its fourth year at a glittering award ceremony held at Atlantis The Palm Hotel.

The event was hosted by comedian and actor Trevor Noah and included a special musical performance by Oscar-winning actress and Grammy award-winning singer Jennifer Hudson. This year’s winner was announced via a special video message by over 4000 children and almost 2000 of them achieved a world record for the worldai??i??s largest human hashtag symbol. HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, delivered the Global Teacher Prize on stage.

Andria Zafirakou teaches in Alperton Community School in Brent, one of the poorest parts of the UK, with many of her students coming from crowded homes shared with multiple families. At the same time, some of her pupils are exposed to gang violence with the borough having the second highest murder rate in the UK. Andria has transformed her schoolai??i??s approach to reach often isolated young people so that they can engage in school life and perform to the best of their abilities. She creatively redesigned the art curriculum from top to bottom, with the help of fellow teachers, to promote inspiration and help pupils confront and cope with the responsibilities of their complex home circumstances after realising that a one size fits all curriculum would not resonate with all her students. As a result, Alperton has been awarded specialist school status in visual arts.

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