Palestinian Hanan Al Hroub is the best teacher in the world. She teaches nonviolence

Hanan Al Hroub is a Palestinian woman who became a teacher to help her children. She was awarded the Global Teacher Prize.

The best teacher in the world teaches about nonviolence to children of West Bank. Hanan Al Hroub, 43-year-old Palestinian woman, was awarded the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2016, the equivalent of Nobel Prize  for teaching, during the Educations and Skills Forum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Hanan al Hroub: her story

Al Hroub didn’t study to become a teacher, but her life didn’t go as planned. After witnessing a shooting at a checkpoint close to home, in Deisha refugee camp, Bethlehem, her kids could no longer concentrate and study. She thus decided to become their teacher. She conceived a learning method based on play, mutual trust and nonviolence. Her system turned out to be so effective to be adopted in different schools in West Bank to help children overcome traumatic situations, by educating them to peace.


The Global Teacher Prize

Through a video message, Pope Francis announced she had won the award. He congratulated her hoping that “governments realise the greatness” of teachers’ work.

“We want our children to live in freedom and peace, as their peers all over the world,” Al Hroub – who now teaches at the Samiha Khaleel girl’s school of Ramallah – said during the award ceremony. She also suggested that 2016 “be dedicated to achieving hope for Palestinian teachers who plant hope in the minds of our children”.


8,000 teachers from all over the world applied for the second edition of the Global Teacher Prize. The winner receives 900,000 euros and is required to remain working as a classroom teacher for at least five years as a condition of winning the award.

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