Palestinian teacher wins global prize worth $1m

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Hanan al-Hroub a palestinian teacher, who grew up in a refugee camp in Bethlehem has been awarded Varkey Foundation award, given to outstanding teacher for exceptional contribution to profession.

She received the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2016 from Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also the Prime Minister of the UAE.

Hanan al-Hroub

An exuberant Hroub said “I am proud to be a Palestinian female teacher standing on this stage”, she added,”I accept this as a win for all teachers in general and Palestinian teachers in particular.”

Hroub promotes the slogan “no to violence” and uses a specialist approach with children that she developed herself, and has written about in her book, We Play We Learn. It involves developing trusting, respectful and affectionate relationships, encouraging youngsters to work together and rewarding positive behaviour.

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