The Global Teacher prize, which is considered the ‘Nobel Prize for teaching’, is sponsored by the Varkey Foundation, a non-profit organisation with interest in the education of underprivileged children around the world.
The winner of the prize, which will be announced March next year in Dubai, will receive $1 million prize money for being “an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession,” according to the information posted on the Global Teacher Prize website.
The shortlisted Nigerian teachers are Itodo Anthony of the Gateway Excel College Otukpa, Benue State and Ayodele Odeogbola of Abeokuta Grammar School, Ogun State.
“The prize serves to underline the importance of educators and the fact that, throughout the world, their efforts deserve to be recognised and celebrated,” says the organisers of the prize.
“It seeks to acknowledge the impacts of the very best teachers – not only on their students but on the communities around them.”