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Winner of Global Teacher’s Prize 2016, Pope Francis Discuss Importance of Learning Through Play

Winner of Global Teacher’s Prize 2016, Pope Francis Discuss Importance of Learning Through Play

The Varkey Foundation has announced Palestinian teacher Hanan Al Hroub from Bethlehem in the West Bank as the winner of its 2016 Global Teacher’s Prize. Called the Nobel Prize of teaching, she will take home a cash prize of $1 million.

Hroub is an important teacher in her community because she “teaches using play and learning at school to help pupils reject violence,” said CNN.

Pope Francis, who announced Hroub as the award’s winner via video conference, emphasized the importance of teaching children how to be social through play.

"The Pope said that part of education was teaching children how to play in order to learn how to be social and "learn the joy of life,” Francis said, according to CNN.

The award is decided by a global panel of educators and experts. Hroub was chosen from a short list of ten educators from all over the world in the running for the coveted prize.

Upon winning the award, Hroub said:

"Believe in your ideas, work on them, convince people of your ideas, challenge the whole world, convince people of your ideas so you can spread them and you will find yourself here.

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Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

3/14/2016

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