Ghanaian Makes Shortlist For $1m Global Teacher Prize
A teacher from Ghana has been included in the top 50 shortlists for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2018 at globalteacherprize.org.
Professor Sitsofe Enyonam Anku, a mathematics teacher at Meagasa Mathematics Academy, Lashibi, Accra, was shortlisted for the Global Teacher Prize 2018 having been selected from over 30,000 nominations and applications from 173 countries around the world.
Now in its fourth year, the $1 million award is the largest prize of its kind for an exceptional teacher.
The Global Teacher Prize was set up to recognize 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.
By unearthing thousands of stories of heroes that have transformed young people’s lives, the prize hopes to bring to life the exceptional work of millions of teachers all over the world.
About Enyonam Anku
Sitsofe Enyonam Anku is a nationally and internationally-renowned maths educator, promoting practical mathematics to overcome student fears of the subject and helping them appreciate its real-life applications.
He set up the Meagasa Mathematics Academy to support children aged six to 18 and his teaching programmes have helped students find enjoyment and excitement in mathematics, as they learn to communicate confidently, work well in teams and respect others’ opinions.
Now his teaching methodologies are used in classrooms across Ghana and other parts of the world.
His writing, mathematics clubs and camps and a national tour have brought practical mathematics to thousands of people.
Sunny Varkey, founder of the Varkey Foundation and the Global Teacher Prize, said “Congratulations to Sitsofe Enyonam Anku for reaching the final 50. I hope his story inspires those looking to enter the teaching profession and shines a spotlight on the incredible work teachers do all over the world every day.
“We intend to keep this momentum going as our journey continues to return teachers to their rightful position as one of the most respected professions in society.
“We were overwhelmed by the huge support the Global Teacher Prize received this year. The over 30,000 nominations and applications we received from every corner of the planet is testimony to the achievements of teachers and the enormous impact they have on all of our lives.”
The top 50 shortlist has representatives from 33 countries and by highlighting their stories the Varkey Foundation hopes that the public will be able to join in passionate debates about the importance of teachers.
The winner will be announced at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai on Sunday 18 March 2018.
The top 50 shortlisted teachers are narrowed down to ten finalist teachers by a Prize Committee, with that result announced in February 2018.
The winner will then be chosen from these ten finalists by the Global Teacher Prize Academy.
All ten finalists will be invited to Dubai for the Award ceremony at the Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF) on Sunday 18 March next year, where the winner will be announced live on stage.