“Teachers are holy angels leading their flock out of darkness.” ~ Jeanette Walls
A village government school teacher became the first Indian to win the Global Teacher Prize 2020, selected from over 12,000 nominations from over 140 countries. The Prize was established by the Varkey Foundation in 2014. The excited Ranjitsinh Disale declared that he would share half of his $1 million prize money with the other nine finalists (each would get about Rs 40.57 lakh).
32-year-old Disale was declared the winner of the prize on 3 December 2020 for his work for girl child education and revolutionising textbooks in India.
“I am lucky that I chose teaching and could bring change in students’ lives,” Disale said. “Teachers are the real changemakers who are changing the lives of their students. Teachers work for the outcome and not for income, and these teachers (the finalists) are doing tremendous work and they should also get the reward. I want them to feel like winners and be equally happy. Together we can change this world because sharing is growing,” he announced.