19 Mar '17, 5pm

Teacher from Canadian Arctic wins global prize in #Dubai

DUBAI (AFP) - A Canadian who teaches at a school in a fly-in only village in the Arctic won a US$1-million (S$1.4 million) Global Teacher Prize at a ceremony in Dubai on Sunday (March 19). Maggie MacDonnell, praised for "changing the lives of her students and transforming her community", was among 10 finalists chosen from 20,000 nominations and applications from 179 countries. She has taught for the past six years in the Inuit village of Salluit, in the Canadian Arctic, which has a high rate of suicide, according to her biography provided by the award organisers. MacDonnell said she has witnessed over 10 suicides. "As a teacher, when I come to school the morning after there is an empty desk in that classroom. There is stillness and silence," she said, fighting back tears. "Thank you for bringing global attention to them," she added. MacDonnell has created a life skills pro...

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