An Iranian teacher was among the top 50 nominees for the Global Teacher Prize 2021, considered the world’s most prestigious teacher award, and its $ 1 million prize.
The Global Teacher Prize, now in its seventh year and organized by the Varkey Foundation in partnership with UNESCO, aims to recognize outstanding teachers around the world and has attracted for the current year more than 8,000 nominations and nominations from 121 countries.
Soraya Motaharnia, an outstanding teacher of mathematics, Persian language, art, science and theology, has been praised in Iran for helping the most vulnerable students in rural Iran.
It funds students in need of medical treatment and multiple special surgeries, and provides financial assistance to hundreds of poor students.
Motaharnia, who has been teaching for 30 years, says that studying, caring for the weak, and wanting to play a role in promoting her society as three major forces has consistently pushed her forward throughout. throughout his life.
Shortly after graduating from college, she was assigned a teaching post in a remote village near Sanandaj, the capital of Western Kurdistan Province. It was the start of an endless journey of teaching and helping poor students in different locations in his home province and beyond.
Encouragement from “her own parents” in Motaharnia motivated her to start a charity, helping 1,100 students who had medical and educational issues and providing jobs for women struggling with marriage and divorce. His benevolent crusade extended to raising money for earthquake victims in Kermanshah province and people affected by flooding in Lorestan province, ”the Global Teacher Prize Varkey Foundation said on its website official.
As for her teaching career, she has taught in other remote places in Iran and developed innovative teaching techniques.
His teaching techniques include “dictation tips to improve students’ writing ability, combining subjects such as math and exercise to improve student participation and motivation, teaching science through activities fun, encouraging her students to paint from nature in her art classes and other forms of play-based instruction, brainstorming and personal lesson plans based on individual student needs ”, he added.
Motaharnia has also used internet resources to create entertaining animations, animated graphics and educational videos for students, as well as to organize camping trips to visit historic towns, as well as museums and science centers with the aim of familiarize students with the outside world.
She says her greatest achievement has been to reduce the number of school dropouts to close to zero.
Motaharnia has been acclaimed with a series of awards for her efforts both in education and in helping poor students. For two consecutive years, she was declared the best teacher in Iran.
The Global Teacher Prize, which journalists call the Nobel Prize for Teaching, was launched in 2014 to recognize an outstanding teacher who has made a significant contribution to the teaching profession and to highlight the influential role that teachers play. teachers. in society.