32-year-old Indian bags the Global Teacher Prize | by Dhiksha Madhu

Ranjitsinh Disale, a 32-year-old schoolteacher at Zilla Parishad Primary School, Paritewadi, Solapur, Maharashtra was declared the winner of the "The Global Teacher Prize 2020" for promoting female education.

On winning the prize money of 1 million dollars, he decided that he would share half of his prize with the other nine finalists (i.e., $55,000 each). It was the first time anyone had done in the history of the award. He told, "I believe that if I share this prize money with nine teachers it means I can scale up their work. Their incredible work is still worthy... and we can reach out and lighten the lives of as many students as we can."

He taught the girls from the tribal community in a classroom which was sandwiched between cattle shed and a storeroom. Education was anyways difficult for these girls due to child marriages, but he faced another issue due to the language, Kannada that was spoken locally. There was hardly any curriculum available in Kannada. Disale resolved it but not only learning the language but also by redesigning the textbooks for grades 1-4. This was the first school in Maharashtra to do so and this rewarded him with a 100 per cent attendance rate.

He also included unique QR codes which embedded audio, poems, video lectures, stories, and assignments. This method caught the attention and is now being used nationwide.

Disale is also featured in Microsoft’s Satya Nadella book Hit Refresh and has authored over 500 articles about his teaching methods.

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