Olasunkanmi Opeifa, an English teacher at the Government Day Secondary School, Abuja, Nigeria has been shortlisted as a top ten finalist for The Global Teacher Prize 2020.
Olasunkanmi’s name was introduced into the mix of finalists by renowned British actor and comedian, Stephen Fry.
Stephen describes Olasunkanmi as an inspiration to his students. Using edu-tainment, fun ways of learning to teach the English language concept with essay writing linked to popular dance steps, phenology and grammar demonstrated by rapping and hip hop songs.
His teaching approach was commended as improving student’s examination results.
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What is the Global Teacher Prize
The Global Teacher Prize is a US $1million award, presented annually to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession.
The prize was established by The Varkey Foundation in 2014 to recognise and celebrate exceptional teachers around the world.
Watch @stephenfry announce Nigerian teacher Olasunkanmi Opeifa as a top ten finalist for The Global Teacher Prize 2020. Ten teachers in ten weeks. Who’s next?— Global Teacher Prize (@TeacherPrize) October 13, 2020
Now, more than ever, we must shine a light on the world’s teachers.
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So far six of the 10 finalists have been announced, Olasunkanmi Opeifa (Nigeria), Carlo Mazzone(Italy), Jamie Frost(UK), Mokhudu Machaba(South Africa), Leah Juelke(USA) and Yun Jeong-hyun(South Korea).
The remaining four will be announced week by week in the coming weeks.
Nominations for 2021 prize opens in December 2020, to learn more visit the Global Teacher Prize site.