Message by Theresa May to Congratulate the 2018 Global Teacher Prize Winner
Your Highness, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
As-salaam alaikum. Good evening! And on behalf of everyone in the United Kingdom, my warmest congratulations to Andria Zafirakou on winning the Global Teacher Prize 2018.
To be chosen from more than 30,000 nominees in 173 countries is an incredible achievement and it’s a fitting tribute to everything you’ve done for your pupils at Alperton Community School. Whether it’s learning how to greet pupils in each of their 35 first languages or organizing extracurricular activities around their lives rather than the school day, you have shown enormous dedication and creativity in your work.
Being a great teacher requires resilience, ingenuity and a generous heart – these are the qualities that you share with your students every day. So, thank you for all you have done and continue to do.
I would also like to extend a huge thank-you to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his support of the teaching profession and patronage of this prize, and congratulations to the Varkey Foundation for giving us such a powerful celebration of the work of teachers and your commitment to education throughout the world.
Finally, I’d like to say thank-you to the other finalists in this competition and to all teachers everywhere. Your profession is so important – sparking curious young minds and educating the leaders, scientists, artists and entrepreneurs of tomorrow. That’s why, as well as saluting Andria’s achievements, the Global Teacher Prize is a tribute to all teachers.
So, to our winner, her fellow finalists and every dedicated teacher around the world, thank you and enjoy the rest of the evening.