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UK’s Andria Zafirakou wins Global Teacher Prize

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A north London teacher at an inner-city school has become the first ever UK winner of the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, which is worth $1m (£717,000). Naija News Learnt

Andria Zafirakou, who works at Alperton Community School in Brent, north-west London, was congratulated by Theresa May for her “enormous dedication” to the profession as she was awarded the prize on Sunday.

She had spoken of the hardship and overcrowded housing conditions facing many of her pupils. And it is expected that Mrs Zafirakou will use some of her prize money to support art projects she says are vital to deprived youngsters.

Mrs Zafirakou, an arts and textiles teacher, today became the first UK winner of the prize, beating teachers nominated from more than 170 countries.

She was one of 10 finalists shortlisted for this year’s competition.

In a congratulatory video message broadcast to the ceremony in Dubai, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “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.”

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