Ranjitsinh Disale is an Indian teacher from Maharashtra. He is the winner of $1 million annual Global Teacher Prize 2020 which was announced on 3 December 2020.[1] The Global Teacher Prize, which has been referred to by journalists as the Nobel Prize for teaching, highlights and celebrates the profession while giving greater recognition to the work of teachers all over the world. Disale said in his winning speech that he would share with his nine fellow finalists half of the prize money, meaning they would receive $55,000 each.[2][3] He also works with the World Bank as Advisor for their educational programs.[4][5] He was selected by the US Government to join Fulbright Program.[6][7]

Ranjitsinh Disale
Paritewadi, Maharashtra
Known forGlobal Teacher Prize
AwardsGlobal Teacher Prize, Innovative Researcher of the Year (2016)

Early life and education edit

Disale hails from Paritewadi Village in the Solapur District of Maharashtra. At the beginning, he decided to be an IT engineer and had enrolled in an engineering college. But when things didn't fit for him, his father convinced him to take up the teacher's training programme. While Disale was initially reluctant about the decision, his time at the college of teacher training made him realize that the real change-makers in the world are the teachers.[8]

Career edit

Disale is well known for his innovative teaching works, including demonstrating scientific experiments from the science lab built by him and adding QR codes to primary category books so that his students can get links to audio poems, video lectures, assignments and stories. Today, his efforts have led to 100 per cent attendance, especially of girls, at the Paritewadi school he teaches.

His practice of embedding QR codes in textbooks helped 300 schools adapt the same. He has also set up Rs 1 lakh scholarships for the education of 10 girls.[9] His idea of incorporating QR codes into textbooks was adopted by National Council of Educational Research and Training.[8][10]

In his village, he also campaigned to eliminate adolescent marriages and encourage the education of girls.[8]

He submitted his resignation letter in July 2022 to join Fulbright Program in USA. The Education Ministry approved study leave and allowed him to participate in the program without resignation.[11] Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Minister Devendra Fadnavis assured him that Maharashtra government will support him.[12][13]

Awards edit

Year Title Result Presented by Ref.
2016 Innovative Researcher of the Year Won Government of India [14]
2020 Global Teacher Prize Won Varkey Foundation [15]

References edit

  1. ^ DelhiDecember 4, India Today Web Desk New. "Govt school teacher Ranjitsinh Disale wins Global Teacher Prize, makes history by sharing half with other finalists". India Today. Retrieved 6 December 2020.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "Ranjitsinh Disale 2020 -The 2020 Global Teacher Prize winner". Global Teacher Prize. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Maharashtra teacher Ranjitsinh Disale wins 2020 Global Teacher Prize, rewarded over Rs 7 crore". DNA India. Reuters. 4 December 2020. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Ranjitsinh Disale Appointed As World Bank Education Advisor". NDTV.com. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Ranjitsinh Disale appointed as World Bank Education Advisor". Lokmat English. 3 June 2021. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
  6. ^ "Ranjitsinh Disale of Solapur selected for 2021-22 Fulbright DAI sponsored by U.S". www.timesnownews.com. Retrieved 12 September 2022.
  7. ^ "Solapur's global teacher prize winner off on fulbright fellowship to upskill". Hindustan Times. 15 July 2022. Retrieved 12 September 2022.
  8. ^ a b c "Govt school teacher Ranjitsinh Disale wins Global Teacher Prize, makes history by sharing half with other finalists". India Today. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  9. ^ Agrawal, Aarushi (5 July 2022). "After $1 Million Prize, Village Teacher Transforms Education in Maharashtra". The Better India. Retrieved 18 July 2023.
  10. ^ "Maharashtra zilla parishad educator first in India to win $1-million teacher prize". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  11. ^ "Education Min Varsha Gaikwad directs authorities to approve Ranjitsinh Disale's study leave". Hindustan Times. 22 January 2022. Retrieved 12 September 2022.
  12. ^ "Ranjith Disale meets Shinde, Deputy CM ZP teacher shouldn't be troubled: Fadnavis". The Indian Express. 17 July 2022. Retrieved 12 September 2022.
  13. ^ "Solapur ZP rejects resignation of teacher going to US for studies". The Indian Express. 6 August 2022. Retrieved 12 September 2022.
  14. ^ "Maharashtra Zilla Parishad teacher makes it to top 50 of global prize - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 9 December 2020.
  15. ^ "To Sir With Love - Winner of $1 million teacher prize changed girls' lives in India". Reuters. 4 December 2020. Retrieved 9 December 2020.