A good teacher’s contribution to a student’s life is not just limited to teaching, he is a mentor a guide, and a friend also. But such teachers are rare to find and their efforts to make children life better is not generally noticeable so appreciating such efforts is a big thing.
Ranjitsinh Disale is a teacher who not just enjoys teaching and but he is making a change in society.
Ranjith Disale a primary school teacher from Paritewadi village in Maharashtra’s Solapur district has won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize. He was selected among 10 other finalists from across the world for the Global Teacher Prize founded by the Varkey Foundation.
Global Teacher Prize is founded by Verkey’s foundation in 2014 to award the teachers who made an outstanding contribution and showed immense dedication in their profession. The nomination category is open for every teacher on the Globe and teachers can also nominate themselves. This year 10 teachers were selected from 12,000 applications from around 140 countries and Ranjith Disale from India became the winner of this title. He was awarded in a virtual ceremony that was live broadcasted from the Natural History Museum in London and was hosted by British actor-broadcaster Stephen Fry.
Teaching was not the first choice of Ranjitsinh he initially wanted to be an IT engineer, but things didn’t work out as he expected. Then his father suggested him to go for teacher training he wasn’t sure about it but he thought of giving it a try. The decision to join teacher training college was a U-turn for him after which he never looks back. He realized the fact that being a teacher he has the potential to change the life of others, to bring something, new something good in the life of his students.
Ranjith won this exceptional title for promoting girl’s education and his contribution to QR (Quick Response) Coded textbook. The first Ranjith taught in was completely disordered and located between a cattle shed and storeroom. The majority of the girls’ students there belonged to a tribal community where early marriages were considered and educating girl children was not a priority.
Another problem he faced there was that the textbooks were not in the native language of students so they find it hard to comprehend.
Ranjith decided to change things and with great efforts, he learned the language, Kannada. He refurbished all the textbooks from Grade 1 to Grade 4 in Kannada so that students can easily understand them.
He added unique QR codes in the book that embedded audio poems, video lectures, stories, and assignments in Kannada. Later on, these QR codes proved to be a huge benefit for students especially girls when schools were closed for two months due to a terror attack, as they were able to continue learning using the books.
With his efforts performance of 98% of students improved and the school get awarded as the Best school in 2016. Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft also appraised his efforts in his book ‘Hit Refresh’. He has also bagged several other awards from the central government such as the 2016 Innovative Researcher of the Year, National Innovation Foundation’s Innovator of the Year award in 2018. He has been part of TV discussions on an educational topic and he has spread his teaching methods by writing more than 500 newspapers, articles, and blogs.
Ranjitsinh Disale has also made a remarkable decision of sharing 50% of the prize money with the other 9 finalists. “Teachers are the real change-makers who are changing the lives of their students with a mixture of chalk and challenges. They always believe in giving and sharing. And, therefore, I am very pleased to announce that I will share 50% of the prize money equally among my fellow top 10 finalists to support their incredible work. I believe, together, we can change this world because sharing is growing,” he said.
He also aims to work on a project of Global peace and unite students from India and Pakistan, Palestine and Israel, Iraq and Iran, and the U.S. and North Korea.