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Prince Harry praises teacher ‘compassion’ prior to ceremony of Global Teacher Prize

Prince Harry praises teacher ‘compassion’ prior to ceremony of Global Teacher Prize

Prince Harry joined to the official announcement of the top 10 finalists for 2017 Global Teacher Prize.

The young royal praised the teachers for their compassion and never-ending efforts to show all the beauty of the knowledge to the children of any ages. Harry stressed that the best teachers should go beyond textbooks, that is why pupils are always eager to communicate and to learn from such teachers.

The most important teachers’ aim is to teach about “resilience and compassion”, and Harry warmly welcomed 10 top finalists to continue the competition for the winning 2017 Global Teacher Prize.Raymond Chambers, who teaches computing in Corby, also included into this year’s shortlist.

“In addition to reading, writing and arithmetic, the very best teachers go beyond the pages of textbooks to teach young people about determination, aspiration, resilience and of course compassion,”

said Prince Harry.

Prince Harry


Global Teacher Prize in 2017: top three finalists

The prize, with an award of $1m (£810,000), is intended to raise the status of teaching and to recognise the impact of teachers on individual lives.

“We will all face setbacks and challenges in our lives, and our teachers play a vital role in preparing us for these ups and downs,” said Prince Harry.

The 3 finalists for the Global Teacher Prize 2017 are:

  • Raymond Chambers, computer science teacher from Brooke Weston Academy, Corby, Northamptonshire, UK
  • Salima Begum, head teacher at Elementary College for Women Gilgit, Pakistan
  • David Calle, from Madrid, Spain, the founder and creator of the Unicoos educational website.

In 2016, Harry’s brother, Prince William, and Pope Francis sent video address to the Global Teacher Prize awards ceremony, where the prize was given to Hanan Al Hroub, a teacher from Palestina.