Following our inaugural Global Teacher prize we set out to build a virtual community of role model teachers. The top 50 teachers annually become part of the VTA and as a community we work together to advocate for teaching as a profession.
The inaugural Varkey Teacher Ambassador Summit was held in Dubai in March 2016. The VTA work aligns to our vision To Change Lives through Education and our mission statement that; Every child should have a good teacher. We do this through building teacher capacity and advocacy campaigns to promote excellence in teaching practice…at the highest levels of policy making and providing grants to partner organisations that offer innovative solutions in support of our mission.
"Being shortlisted reminds me and others each and every day; teachers change lives. GTP and VTA Family is and remains the opportunity of a lifetime to forever pay it forward to every person who has supported me and all of us, paved our way and to forever remind the world that each and every day - be it in cities, jungles, deserts, rainforests, tribal lands and even penal institutions in each and every corner of the earth - teaches matter! I completed my application never to compete, but rather to complete a team of equity warriors and change-makers; along the way, I've even evolved from SI SE PUEDE to SI PODEMOS - thanks to Dr. Reimers! Being shortlisted is and remains the journey of a lifetime and I am forever thankful, grateful and excited! I know, the best is yet to come! "