The Global Teacher Prize was established to honour one outstanding teacher who played a significant role in the field of education and to highlight the important role teacher’s play in society. And from India Satyam Mishra who is expert in mathematics from Bhagalpur, Bihar and Meghana Musunuri who is a expert in English, Social Studies and maths from Hyderabad have made their mark in top 50 shortlist for this year’s USD 1-million Global Teacher Prize announced on September 9, 2021.

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The Varkey Foundation organised in partnership with UNESCO, over 8,000 applications were attracted from 121 countries.  

 “It is only by prioritising education that we can safeguard all our tomorrows. Education is the key to facing the future with confidence,” said Sunny Varkey, founder of the Varkey Foundation.

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Mishra made the cut for his determination to change the way children look at the world and uses cool multiplication tricks to bring his subject alive for students. Musunuri, the second Indian teacher on the 2021 shortlist, is described as an education futurist, philanthropist and a passionate entrepreneur as the founder and chairperson of Fountainhead Global School & Junior College and also Hyderabad Champion for Google's Women Entrepreneurs on the Web (WEOW), guiding women entrepreneurs in establishing their online presence.

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“UNESCO is a proud partner of the Global Teacher Prize, which has done so much to highlight teachers’ transformational role in young people’s lives. Inspirational teachers and extraordinary students alike deserve recognition for their commitment to education amid the learning crisis we see today,” said Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director General for Education at UNESCO.

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Following the announcement of the shortlist, the top 10 winners will be announced next month. Winners will be nominated by the Global Teacher Prize Academy again, and will be presented at an awards ceremony in Paris in November. The winner of last year's Global Teacher Prize was Ranjitsinh Disale of Maharashtra