Mumbai: Maharashtra’s Solapur teacher Ranjitsinh Disale has won the Global Teacher Prize this year. He is the first Indian to receive the prestigious award.
Disale won the award for his efforts to promote girls’ education and for the work done in the field of education through QR coded books.
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has congratulated Ranjitsinh on begin the first Indian to win the Global Teacher Prize 2020.
In his congratulatory message, Koshyari worte, “I convey my heartiest greetings and felicitations to Shri Ranjitsinh Disale, teacher from ZP school in Paritewadi, Solapur district on being chosen for the coveted $ 1 million Global Teacher Prize 2020, which is awarded by the London-based Varkey Foundation. Shri Disale’s work of generating interest about education among children from rural areas, through innovative ideas and use of technology are commendable and worthy of emulating by others.”
The 32-year-old from Paritewadi village in Maharashtra’s Solapur district emerged out as the winner from nominations of 12,000 teachers, selected from 140 countries around the world.
Disale who won 7 crore prize money announced that fifty percent of the total prize money will be given to 9 finalists, which will provide quality education to thousands of children in 9 countries.
He said, “Teachers are the real change-makers who are changing the lives of their students with a mixture of chalk and challenges. They always believe in giving and sharing. And, therefore, I am very pleased to announce that I will share 50% of the prize money equally among my fellow top 10 finalists to support their incredible work. I believe, together, we can change this world because sharing is growing.”