Palestinian refugee teacher wins $1m teaching award

    Palestinian refugee teacher wins $1m teaching award

    March 14, Jerusalem: A Palestinian teacher who grew up in a refugee camp in Bethlehem has been awarded a prestigious $1m teaching award by Dubai's ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also the prime minister of the UAE, local media reports.

    Hanan al-Hroub, from Samiha Khalil High School in al-Bireh, Palestine, received the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2016 from Sheikh
    Maktoum and Sunny Varkey, founder of the Varkey Foundation, in Dubai on Sunday.  The award is now in its second year.

    It was set up to recognise one outstanding teacher who has made an exceptional contribution to the profession.

    Hroub, who had witnessed a particularly rough childhood living in a violent Palestine refugee camp, used her childhood experiences to develop a teaching techniques that focused on play as a learning tool and shunned violence, Al Jazeera reported.

    The Palestinian teacher and author of the book, We Play and Learn, has shared her views at conferences, meetings and teacher training seminars. Her approach has led to a decline in violent behaviour in schools where this is usually a frequent occurrence, reports said.

    The Oslo Times


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