Recommended as World's Best Teacher because she developed the inquisitiveness in students


Marjorie Brown, a South African teacher who teaches history at Roedean School, Johannesburg, has been named a top 10 finalist for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2018, which was announced today by Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates.

Marjorie Brown

Marjorie Brown is a former human rights activist teaching history to girls and encouraging critical thinking and global citizenship. Her students have gone on to represent South Africa at youth forums, the Paris Climate Talks, and various Ivy League universities. She has started to build curiosity in kids. Inquisitiveness for everything around the world, including every single bit of this nature. So that, children’s can enhance their knowledge and be very active in their every possible learning action.

By taking this idea, Marjorie has changed the way we perceive learning. It becomes more vocal and expressive in terms of curious attitude towards it. Rather than just to concentrate on the text. She is widely credited with bringing New Zealand originated Kids Lit Quiz programme, devoted to improving children’s literacy, to South Africa. This global quiz programme now has more than 100 South African schools participating, which has boosted the stocks of books in libraries throughout the land and mobilized teachers to act as coaches and reading champions with students.

Phendulani Literacy Quiz

Marjorie also founded the Phendulani literacy quiz, which will have spread to over 100 schools this year, while the South African Department of Education plans to introduce it to 45 reading clubs involving over 225 pupils, with publishers Pan Macmillan aiming to start a Phendulani quiz in a poor area near Johannesburg.

Global Teacher Prize

Marjorie Brown and the other finalists have been selected from over 30,000 nominations and applications from 173 countries around the world. The Global Teacher Prize 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 teachers play in society. By unearthing thousands of stories of heroes that have transformed young people’s lives, the prize hopes to bring to life the exceptional work of millions of teachers all over the world.

In a special video message announcing the top ten finalists, philanthropist Bill Gates paid a powerful tribute to the work of teachers around the world. He said: "When you think about what drives progress and improvement in the world, education is like a master switch—one that opens up all sorts of opportunities for individuals and societies."

“And research has shown that having a great teacher can be the most important factor that determines whether students get a great education. Finalists were selected based on a rigorous set of criteria, including their proven effectiveness in inspiring students and helping them learn. Just as important, these teachers are leaders who have innovated in the classroom and mentored their colleagues.They have demonstrated the kind of collaboration—teachers and schools working together—that can give all students the opportunity to get a great education,” he added further.

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