Pope Francis has announced the world teacher of the year via video message from Rome.
The second annual Global Teacher Prize went to Palestinian teacher Hanan Al Hroub who works with children who have grown up exposed to violence. Mrs Al Hroub was given the prize at a ceremony in Dubai.
Pope Francis said: “I would like to congratulate the teacher Hanan Al Hroub for winning this prestigious prize due to the importance that she gave to the ‘playing’ part in the education of the children.” Ms Al Hroub said: “I did it, I won!” as she received her award.
“I am proud to be a Palestinian female teacher standing on this stage. I accept this as a in for all teachers in general and Palestinian teachers in particular. “Each day, the role of the teacher is reinforced and its importance confirmed as the world questions what future we want for our children.”
Hanan Al Hroub grew up in the Bethlehem refugee camp, and was regularly exposed to violence and she decided to go into teaching primary aged-children after her own children were left traumatised from witnessing a shooting on their way home from school. Read more