March 20, 2017 - 7:15pm
Canadian teacher Maggie MacDonnell collected the $1m top award.
Shahanaj Parvin, a teacher at the Upazilla Sadar Model Government Primary School at Sherpur upazila in Bogra, was honoured among the top 50 for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2017 on Sunday.
Shahanaj and other members of the top 50 received their accolades at the fifth Global Education and Skills Forum at Atlantis, The Palm Hotel in Dubai. Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid was in attendance.
Meanwhile, Canadian teacher Maggie MacDonnell collected the $1m top award for the Global Teacher Prize at the event. She received her prize from Crown Prince of Dubai Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the patron for the award.
Shahanaj was born in a remote Bangladeshi village to two primary school teachers. While many children in Bangladesh drop out of school in order to support their families through earning, the dropout rate was vastly reduced by Shahanaj’s teaching methods that emphasised technology and multimedia applications.
The Bogra teacher’s inclusion in the 50 person shortlist for the Global Teacher Prize was announced through a press release on December 16 last year.