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Palestinian woman awarded $1M Global Teacher Prize

Palestinian teacher Hanan al-Hroub, winner of the Global Teacher Prize, is hugged by a student in the West Bank city of Ramallah February 17, 2016. (REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman)

Palestinian teacher Hanan Al Hroub has won the Global Teacher Prize, which is worth $1 million and awarded annually “to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession.” At a high school in the West Bank city of Al-Bireh, she teaches children who are confronted with violence everyday to say “No to Violence” through a special curriculum, focused on building trusting relationships and committing to peace and conflict resolutions, which has led to a significant “decline in violent behavior in schools where this is usually a frequent occurrence.”

Al Hroub, who grew up in a Palestinian refugee camp in Bethlehem, decided to commit her life to teaching after her children witnessed a shooting walking home from school. The incident made her want to help children who have experienced trauma. The prize was awarded to her at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai, through a video message by Pope Francis. “I feel amazing and I still can’t believe that the Pope said my name,” she told told The Associated Press after the event. “For an Arab Palestinian teacher to talk to the world today and to reach the highest peak in teaching could be an example for teachers around the world.”

Read the full story at Forbes and The Independent.

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