Ranjitsinh Disale, the Indian teacher who recently got rewarded with a $1 Million cash for Global Teacher Prize 2020 has been crowned as the “World’s Most Exceptional Teacher“. Ranjitsinh is a 32-year-old teacher from Solapur, Maharashtra, India. He teaches at Zilla Parishad Primary School in Paritewadi. He was selected among 12,000 applicants from 140 countries across the world and if this information wasn’t enough to impress you, then let us tell you that he promptly decided to share half of his cash prize, which is half-million dollars with other 9 other teachers who were finalists with him.
The Indian Teacher has done an exceptional job in his field to be rewarded with such great honor. He contributed to translating textbooks in the mother tongue of his students so that each student can have a chance to learn and understand things in his/her language.
He then embedded those translations with QR codes so that students can easily scan them and get access to audio poems, video lectures, and assignments. Inspired by this, now all NCERT books will have these QR codes.
When Ranjitsinh first started teaching in the school in 2009, the condition of the school was pretty bad, it was a rundown building surrounded by a cattle shed and a storage area. The students mostly belonged to the tribal area and among them only 2% were girls.
And now, thanks to the efforts of Ranjitsinh, the school is famous worldwide. The Indian teacher proved that a lot can happen when we use technology the right way.
“To make education interactive and accessible to students in the digital format, Ranjitsinh introduced the technology. I once saw a person scan the QR code from the scanning device and realized that the same principle could get replicated for transferring textbook information to digital mediums,” Ranjithsinh explained.
He also shared that he will be sharing half of his $1 million Global Teacher prize 2020 with 9 other teachers who were finalists with him because he believes that teachers can bring a real change in this society and in our education system and each one of them should get an equal chance to do so.
I'll share 50% of the prize money with top 10 finalists to support their work. I'll use the rest for creation of a fund to support teachers who are doing good work: #RanjitSinhDisale, a school teacher in Solapur, Maharashtra who won $1-million Global Teacher Prize (Agencies) pic.twitter.com/nT6yn8GtYf
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