The Global Teacher Prize, which is currently in its second year, was set up to recognize one exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession as well as to shine a spotlight on the important role that teachers play in society. A prize of US $1 million, which is the largest of its kind is awarded to the individual every year for their contribution. Robin Chaurasiya, of Kranti School, Mumbai, has been included in the top 10 shortlist for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2016 at globalteacherprize.org.
Stephen Hawking announced this year’s finalists who are from different nations around the world. Robin Chaurasiya is born and brought up in the US who founded and teaches at Kranti, a nonprofit that empowers marginalized girls from Mumbai’s red-light areas to become agents of social change. Chaurasiya holds a graduate degree in psychology and political science and a postgraduate degree in gender studies. She has served in the US army and finally settled in Mumbai. Her students, the Krantikaries (Revolutionaries), are aged 12-20 and include victims of trafficking and daughters of sex workers.
The school she founded is truly diverse with different ages, literacy levels, languages, ethnicities, religions, castes, and abilities. With Robin’ s help, the Krantikaries develop into peer teachers and community leaders. After Chaurasiya got nominated for the award she said, “I believe schools should teach young people to change the world. Today I’m proud to be an Indian supporting Kranti School, which teaches marginalized girls to become agents of social change! #teachersmatter”. She serves as an example to our society regarding the role teachers can play in our loves.