Vastavam web: An Indian primary school teacher was awarded the title of Global Teacher Prize 2020 along with a huge fortune of USD 1 million on Thursday. Ranjith Disale, a 32-year-old teacher from Maharashtra emerged a winner from the ten finalists for his efforts to promote girls’ education and for encouraging a quick-response (QR) coded textbook revolution in India. Disale had an epic reaction to his win when actor Stephen Fry announced his name as the winner of the Global Teacher Prize 2020 at a virtual ceremony broadcast on Thursday from the Natural History Museum in London. He was with his parents who were elated with their son’s win.
When Disale arrived at the Zilla Parishad Primary School at Paritewadi in Solapur in 2009, it was a dilapidated building, sandwiched between a cattle shed and a storeroom. The impact of his interventions has been that there are now no reported teenage marriages in the village and 100 per cent attendance of girls at the school. “In this hard time, teachers are giving their best to make sure every student has access to their birthright of a good education,” said Disale.