A UNIVERSITY of Worcester graduate is in the running for the world’s top teaching prize which will be announced this Sunday, March 24, writes Demi Andrews.
Dr Swaroop Rawal, who earned her PhD at Worcester in research into the effective use of the arts as a tool in education, is among the top ten finalists for the Global Teacher Prize.
The accolade recognises the work of some of the very best teachers and the winner will be announced at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai.
Dr Rawal, who entered teaching following a successful career as a Bollywood actress, said: “I am thrilled and honoured to have made the top ten and it is fantastic that the Varkey Foundation is recognising the contribution made by teachers all over the world in this way.”
Since graduating with her PhD in 2006, Dr Rawal has travelled throughout India on a mission to improve the life chances of children everywhere, from wealthy urban centres to isolated rural communities.
She added: “Education is my way to make better the lives of these children.”
Besides her own teaching, she has also developed new methodologies for training teachers, as well as campaigning to encourage more children into the classroom.
Dr Rawal’s unique approach uses a mixture of drama, song, art, debate and games to inspire discussion and encourage an understanding of the world and one’s own capabilities.
If awarded the US $1million prize, Dr Rawal said she would form a think tank to create and promote special curricula for pre-vocational education in primary schools in India.