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National Teacher Prizes

The success of the Global Teacher Prize has inspired countries around the world to set up their own awards to find and honour their best teachers.

Today, there are over 40 National Teacher Prizes in countries all around the world, from Latin America to Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. 

The Varkey Foundation partners with the organizers of National Teacher Prizes and offers expert advice on the application and nomination processes, as well as judging criteria. The foundation also promotes National Teacher Prizes across the world.

Our National Teacher Prize Partners


Each year, Schools Plus Australia recognises 12 excellent teachers and school leaders who are making a transformative and measurable impact on their students and school communities.

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Bosnia & Herzegovina

The aim of the annual award, Nagrada za Inovativne Nastavnike, is to recognise and promote those individuals who make an immeasurable contribution to the development of education, as professionals who turn every day in kindergarten or school into a magical adventure of learning and discovery.

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The Global Teacher prize Chile, seeks to recognise teachers in the country who are transforming the lives of their students and their communities through innovative practices.

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The Share Award is a tribute to the most outstanding teachers and principals in the country, with the aim of promoting the social value of their work, making their pedagogical practices visible and supporting their professionalisation. 

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Czech Republic

With the help of the public, we find and appreciate pedagogues across the regions of the Czech Republic, this profession award focusing on teachers for elementary and secondary schools.

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The main objective of the Educational Excellence Contest, held annually by Fundación FIDAL, is to recognise the best educators in Ecuador and Latin America who contribute to the improvement of the quality of education and enhance the high values of the teaching profession.

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The National Teacher Award - Georgia is part of a global campaign aimed at promoting the profession, increasing its prestige, identifying successful teachers and presenting them to the public. 

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The Ghana Best Teacher award was introduced in 1995, to motivate teachers for higher performance and also restore the respect the profession should enjoy.

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The Atlante - Italian Teacher Award pays tribute to the many women and men who spend every day for the education and training of the new generations, offering them the tools to know and interpret the world around them and posing them new challenges to measure themselves. 

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The Malaysia Teacher Prize (MTP) is organized to appreciate, celebrate and highlight outstanding teachers in Malaysia.

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In 2020 STEM Movement launched the Premio Docentes Extraordinarios, the National Teacher Prize Mexico in recognition of teachers for their efforts and, therefore benefiting millions of students throughout Mexico.

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The Ministry of Education and Science and the Teacher Development Support Education Foundation work together to organise a national competition to select the best teachers in the country, with the aim of appreciating their work, and disseminating ideas.

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The Global Teacher Prize Portugal, is given annually to a selected teacher in recognition of their exceptional work with students and extraordinary contribution to their profession.

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As part of the CEEV Živica initiative and the Comenius Institute, we want to find and appreciate inspiring teachers of primary and secondary schools in Slovakia.

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The project “I am a teacher! I am a teacher!”, is an initiative that aims to highlight the great Slovenian teachers for exceptional examples of their innovation, dedication to students and responsibility.

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The ReachingU Prize, launched in 2019, was introduced in to recognise teachers as a local version of the Varkey Foundation's Global Teacher Prize.

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Global Teacher Prize Ukraine was established in 2017 by Osvitoria NGO. The award is designed to celebrate the achievements of teachers not only about their students but also in relation to society in general and emphasize the importance of teachers in Ukraine.

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“I extend my warmest congratulations to this year’s finalists. Their stories are a testament to the crucial role that education plays in building a better tomorrow for us all. It is the key to solving humanity’s greatest challenges, from war and conflict to climate change to growing inequality. As time runs out to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, it is more important than ever to prioritize education so we can face the future with confidence.”

Sunny Varkey
Founder of the Varkey Foundation

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For more information on how to work with the Global Teacher Prize team to set up a National Teacher Prize in your country or to help support your existing prize, please fill the form below

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