Nic Hailey celebrates outstanding African teachers at Nairobi conference

Varkey Foundation event in Nairobi
Nic Hailey at the Varkey Foundation’s celebration of great teachers in Nairobi. Photo: Twitter/HCNicHailey

On Wednesday evening, the UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, attended a celebration of great teachers from across Africa at the Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher Prize conference in Nairobi.

The event followed the first day of the Varkey Teacher Ambassador Summit for Sub-Saharan Africa which was looking at solutions to the global education crisis and heard first hand experiences and insights from a number of inspiring teachers.

The Global Teacher Prize is a US $1 million award presented annually to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession.

In the prize’s inaugural year, there were over 5,000 entries from 127 countries with Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abduallah of Jordan, Bill Gates, Bill Clinton and Tony Blair among the high profile endorsers of the prize.

The Prize is open to currently working teachers who teach children that are in compulsory schooling, or are between the ages of five and eighteen. Applications opened last month and close on September 9 with the winner announced at the Global Education and Skills Forum 2019 in Dubai.