Message by Prince Harry to the 2017 Global Teacher Prize Top 10 Finalists
I’m delighted to be able to introduce the Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher Prize.
Last year, my brother spoke about some of the qualities of those teachers who have had the greatest impact on young lives. He said the best teachers are those who can reach children early in their learning journey, supporting them, often through turbulent times in their lives to give them the best chance for the future.
I would like to build on what William said by highlighting the vital role teachers play as our role models. In addition to reading, writing and arithmetic, the very best teachers go beyond the pages of textbooks to teach young people about determination, aspiration, resilience, and of course, compassion. We’ll all face setbacks and challenges in our lives and our teachers play a vital role in preparing us for those ups and downs.
The finalists for this year’s Global Teacher Prize are from every corner of the world – from the Canadian Arctic to Kenya and Pakistan. But there’s one thing they all have in common: They spark curiosity within a child and nurture the dreams that can change our world for the better. I’m sure everyone can remember the teachers who did the same for us and those that helped us through our formative years. I can certainly pinpoint those who had an impact on my life.
Our foundation is proud to partner with charities like the Varkey Foundation, who are helping to create bright futures for the next generation. I would also like to thank His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his continued support of the teaching profession and the patronage of this Prize.
I’d like to end by congratulating all of the finalists. You’re not just exceptional teachers, you are the role models who support, inspire and shape children’s lives. Your work is so important and I don’t believe it’s an exaggeration to say that you’re shaping the future. You’re all winners in my book, and more importantly, your students’ books.