Two South African teachers, Wendy Horn and Marjorie Brown, now stand a chance of winning $1 million (R13.5m) following their nomination for the top 50 Global Teacher Prize 2018.
The excited teachers secured themselves a place in the final after outshining 8,000 competitors from 148 countries. Should they be declared the best of the best at the top 50 Global Teacher Prize scheduled to hold at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai on March 18, 2018, these exceptional mentors will also get an international recognition for their work, in addition to the eye-watering cash.
While Wendy is a Principal at Protea Heights Academy (a Maths and Science Focus School), Brown is a history teacher at Roedean School in Johannesburg.
The Global Teacher Prize was established to recognise one exceptional educator who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession as well as to shine a spotlight on the important role teachers play in society.
Winners are selected after nominations while the judging panel is made up of public officials, head teachers, academics, journalists, entrepreneurs, company directors, scientists and entertainment industry figures from around the world.
An apparently excited Wendy said she was so excited when she learned that she made it to the final.
“Being selected as one of the top 50 teachers for Global Teachers Award, 2018, is both an exciting and humbling experience. It is also a little bit daunting, knowing that educators will now look up to you to inspire, mentor and lead them”,
“It is not possible to become an excellent teacher on your own. The selection for this award recognises the hard work of all the teachers that have mentored me, worked with me and have shaped me into the teacher I am today,” she said.
Similarly, the founder of the Varkey Foundation and the Global Teacher Prize, Sunny Varkey, also applauded the teachers on reaching the final 50.
South Africa’s Mrs Horn has been awarded severally for performing excellently in her field. She is a winner of both the Western Cape’s Teacher of the Year award and the National Teaching Award for ‘Excellence in Teaching Science’ – between 2013 – 2014.
From all of us at BuzzSouthAfrica, we say a big congratulations to both Mrs Horn and Wendy.