How would you define global citizenship? Are education systems really creating “global citizens”? How do we teach our children to become global citizens? Together with enthusiastic teachers from all over the world, I was looking for the answers to these questions at two great educators’ events: the Varkey Teacher Ambassadors Leadership Summit (16th-17th March 2017, GEMS National Academy, Dubai) and the Global Education and Skills Forum (18th-19th March 2017, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai).
My journey to these events began from applying to the Global teacher Prize. The Global Teacher Prize is a US $1 million award presented annually to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession. The prize serves to underline the importance of educators and the fact that, throughout the world, their efforts deserve to be recognised and celebrated. It seeks to acknowledge the impacts of the very best teachers – not only on their students but also on the communities around them. The Global Teacher Prize is awarded by the Varkey Foundation under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister, and Emir of Dubai.