The UNESCO Institute of Statistics finds that India will need 20 lakh new teachers by 2015. A generation ago, teaching in schools was still an attractive profession, with some of the best students opting for it but with job opportunities mushrooming across sectors, it is now one of the last choices of a job seeker. In India, teaching is not seen as a high status profession and toppers tend to avoid seeking a career in it.
We are heading into an age in which jobs are likely to be invented and made obsolete faster and faster. The chances of todayâ€™s college kids working in the same job for the same company for their whole careers are close to zero. In such an age, the greatest survival skill you can have is the ability to learn how to adapt and the best way to learn is to have great teachers who inspire a generation and the best way to ensure we have teachers who inspire their students is if we recognize and reward those who haveÂ clearlyÂ done so. In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a dayâ€™s work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for an entire lifetime.
GEMS Education, a leading and the largest K12 provider in the world has instituted a â€˜Global Teacher Prizeâ€™, an initiative to honour the Teacher. This groundbreaking award will recognize and celebrate the importance of teaching as a profession and the grand impact of teachers on the lives of their students, and the wider society.Â The Global Teacher Award seeks to do for education what the Nobel Prize has done for science, literature, peace and others..Â For classroom teachers, this is the largest prize of its kind ever to be announced.
Sunny Varkey, founder of the Varkey GEMS Foundation, said: â€œI want to draw attention to the achievements of teachers and the enormous impact they have on all of our lives. They must be returned to their rightful position as the most respected profession in society, which is properly rewarded and celebrated. â€˜
The Global Teacher Prize, a $1million award from the Varkey GEMS Foundation will be given to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession – the first time an award of this size has been given to a teacher.. The prize is a global award for teachers from all over the world
Mr Sunny Varkey further adds, â€˜Given the shortage of good quality of teachers in India I thought such an initiative could play a great role in improving the perception and relevance of teaching as a profession and am seeking your support in nominating deserving candidates for the award and sharing details of the Global teacher Prize within your organization/institution/community and relationships to try and create a greater sense of excitement and aspiration around the teaching professionâ€™.
Thanking others for intangibles theyÂ didn’tÂ even know they had given is often impossible but GEMS Education believes in doing it.
For more details visit us atÂ Â www.globalteacherprize.org