London Stock Exchange welcomes the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize

London Stock Exchange welcomed Hanan Al Hroub, Winner of the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2016, to open trading this morning.

Al Hroub was announced as the winner of the Global Teacher Prize by Holiness Pope Francis via a special video message at a ceremony taking place at the Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF) 2016 in Dubai in March earlier this year. In announcing Hanan Al Hroub as the winner His Holiness said:

“I would like to congratulate the teacher Hanan Al Hroub for winning this prestigious prize due to the importance that she gave to the ‘playing’ part in the education of the children.

“A child has the right to play. Part of education is to teach children how to play because you learn how to be social through games as well as learn the joy of life.

“A population that is not well educated because of the wars, or by other reasons that exist in order not to get any education, is a population that decays. That is why I would like to highlight the noble profession of a teacher”.

Now in its third year, the US$1 million award is the largest prize of its kind.
The Global Teacher Prize was set up to recognize one exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession as well as to shine a spotlight on the important role teachers play in society. By unearthing thousands of stories of heroes that have transformed young people’s lives, the prize hopes to bring to life the exceptional work of millions of teachers all over the world.

With so many troubled children in the region, Palestinian classrooms can be tense environments. Hanan embraces the slogan ‘No to Violence’ and uses a specialist approach she developed herself, detailed in her book, ‘We Play and Learn’. She focuses on developing trusting, respectful, honest and affectionate relationships with her students and emphasises the importance of literacy. She encourages her students to work together, pays close attention to individual needs and rewards positive behaviour.

Speaking via a video message at the Global Teacher Prize ceremony in March 2016, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, said:

“I would like to congratulate, Hanan Al Hroub. Your work is a great inspiration and an example of the work of teachers around the world.

“I’ve been fortunate to have been taught by some of the best teachers in the world, and I know what an incredible teacher can mean to a child. A good teacher holds the path to influence, inspire and shape a young person’s life for the better.

“Teachers are uniquely placed, to recognize and support the most vulnerable and troubled children in our society.

“Reaching young people early on, in their education, and providing them with the actual support they need, and give them the best possible chance in life. This is an incredible responsibility, and this is why the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, has partnered with the Varkey Foundation, on a range of programmes which support teachers to help young people in some of the most disadvantaged communities of the United Kingdom”.

Vikas Pota, CEO of the Varkey Foundation, said:

“I would like to thank the London Stock Exchange for giving 2016 Global Teacher Prize winner Hanan Al Hroub the opportunity to open London Stock Exchange.

“I am delighted that an iconic institution such as the London Stock Exchange is shining a spotlight on Hanan Al Hroub and that a teacher is now being elevated to the same status as the many celebrated names that have opened trading over the years. That is as it should be. The world needs great teachers to grow great minds or we will never tackle the huge challenges facing the world.

“We at the Varkey Foundatoin strongly believe that education is the investment that gives the greatest dividends of all”.