Maggie MacDonnell, a teacher from Canada, has won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize 2017. The prize was announced from International Space Station while the trophy was brought on to the stage by Bear Grylls in a thrilling stunt.
The prize was given away by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister, and Emir of Dubai.
Total 40 teachers from around the world were shortlisted for the prize, 10 of whom were competing in the final round.
The other finalists included Salima Begum from Pakistan, David Calle from Spain, Raymond Chambers from UK, Marie-Christine Ghanbari Jahromi from Germany, Tracy-Ann Hall from Jamaica, Wemerson da Silva Nogueira from Brazil, Ken Silburn from Australia, Michael Wamaya from Kenya and Boya Yang from China.
Justin Trudeau congratulated Maggie MacDonnell on winning the one million USD Global Teacher Prize. A video message from Prince Harry for the Global Teacher Prize finalists and audience was also played.
“Teaching represented the ideal way to connect with youth, and have the opportunity to understand their realities, and design programs to help them reach their goals.” says Maggie, who has been working in a community outside her own.
The Global Teacher Prize is awarded by the Varkey Foundation.
Andrea Bocelli performing
Bear Grylls jumps from a helicopter to deliver the trophy
Announcement being made from International Space Station by astronaut Thomas Pesquet
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Justin Trudeau congratulating the winners
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum gives away Global Teacher Prize 2017
Finalists congratulating Maggie MacDonnell
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Video message by Italian Prime Minister
Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor was also invited
video message by Prince Harry