The Global Teacher Prize

The US$1 million Global Teacher Prize, widely referred to as the Nobel Prize for teaching, is the largest prize of its kind and was set up to recognize one exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession.

The prize, launched by the Varkey Foundation, was set up to shine a spotlight on the important role teachers play in society. By unearthing thousands of stories of heroes that have transformed young people’s lives, the prize hopes to bring to life the exceptional work of millions of teachers all over the world.

Nancie Atwell, a teacher from Maine, United States, was named as the first ever winner of the prize which was presented to her in Dubai, by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, President Bill Clinton and Sunny Varkey, Founder of the Varkey Foundation.

Apollo has been appointed as the global PR Agency for the prize.

"Apollo is a trusted guardian of the Global Teacher Prize. They have done an astonishing job in building the global brand of the prize from its conception. They're tireless, highly creative and have been proved right on their judgement calls"

Vikas Pota

CEO of the Varkey Foundation


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