Palestinian teacher Rana Ziada, from al-Zahra School, in Gaza, has been chosen among the 50 shortlisted for the world’s best teacher prize.
Ziada is competing for the best teacher, in the US $1 million Global Teacher Prize, which is carried out by Varkey Foundation.
Ziada is a mathematics teacher in a school that has been targeted by Israeli forces several times; dozens of her students have been killed, according to Days of Palestine.
She lost all of her education resources, while the Palestinian Authority cut half of her salary as part of the punishment imposed on Gaza public servants.
The talented mathematics teacher is deprived from the right to travel because of the Israeli siege imposed on the region.
“We have searched the four corners of the world to find 50 of the most inspiring teachers shortlisted for the US $1 million Global Teacher Prize,” Varkey Foundation wrote on its website.
“From teaching in remote mountain villages and inner-city schools to teaching in some of the poorest and most violent regions in the world; our top 50 finalists are changing the lives of students around the world and we cannot wait for you to meet them.”
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