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7 African teachers among top 50 finalists for $1 million Global Teacher Prize

December 21, 2017 at 06:30 am | Events

Ismail Akwei

Ismail Akwei | Contributor

December 21, 2017 at 06:30 am | Events

Marjorie Brown – South Africa

She teaches at the Roedean School. Marjorie is a former human rights activist, teaching history to girls in South Africa and encouraging critical thinking and global citizenship. Her students have gone on to represent South Africa at youth forums, the Paris Climate Talks, and various Ivy League universities. She started and still leads the Kids Lit in SA programme, and popularised the Kids’ Lit Quiz in South Africa.

This international competition was founded 26 years ago; South Africa has won three times over the past 13 years, despite its being the poorest country to participate. Marjorie has hosted the world finals twice. Marjorie introduced the Phendulani literacy quiz in poorly resourced schools in South Africa.

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