About the Award

Celebrating our inspirational teachers

In 2014 Mr Sunny Varkey, Founder and Chairman of GEMS, launched the Global Teacher Prize. This award, presented annually, recognises the best teacher in the world. Thousands of teachers are nominated, leading to an overall winner. In 2016 Hanan Al Hroub was presented the prize for her work in Palestine.

One of the realities of this prize is that it is only able to recognise one teacher a year. There are, however, many hundreds of thousands of teachers across the world who do amazing work every day and many of these teachers work in GEMS schools.

After the inaugural edition of the Mariamma Varkey Awards and in continuing with our Founder’s mission to raise the stature of the teaching profession, we are proud to announce the introduction of the Teacher of the Month Award through which every GEMS school will identify and recognize one exceptional teacher every month of the year.

The criteria for selection as you all know falls under four broad categories;

(The teacher) Provides inspiration, motivation and a love for learning in students.
Exceptional teaching and learning strategies
Contribution beyond the classroom
The voting is done by all parents, teachers and students.