The winning teacher Global Teacher Prize, considered or Education Nobel Prize, He works in one of the remotest regions of the world, accessible only by air. Maggie McDonnell lives and works in Salluit, an Eskimo Indian village in a region Canadian Arctic, in a community of only 1.300 people.
There are no roads to reach the place and, In the winter, temperatures can reach -25 ° C. Because of the severe conditions, there is high turnover of teachers, which is an obstacle to education in the Arctic. Many educators leave his post in the middle of the year, and many are licensed by stress.
Used the situation of isolation, Maggie, who grew up in the countryside of the province canadense Nova Scotia, after completing a BA, He worked for five years as volunteer in Sub-Saharan Africa, in the prevention of infectious diseases. After completing his master's degree, He turned to working with Indians of Canada, facing problems drugs, alcohol and large suicide rate.
Maggie works pedagogical and psycho-pedagogical activities very carefully, aiming to encourage the return of young people, have suffered so, the school.
The local population is facing an environmental destruction frame and a high economic inequality. dropout rates are also high, with many children leaving school during the school year or requesting licenses. There are also many cases of teenage pregnancy and sexual abuse.
The award is one of the largest in the world, It highlights the importance of the teaching profession and symbolizes the fact that teachers around the world deserve to be recognized and celebrated. The winner gets a prize of US $ 1 million.
The Brazilian Wemerson da Silva Nogueira, from 26 years, He was among the 10 initiative Finalists. He was nominated for the award, because it has developed a strategy to rescue students involved with crime and reduce dropout a municipal school in the city of Venetia, the Holy Spirit. The educator has created a small laboratory for practical classes and in three years, He managed to turn it into one of the best schools in the city.
From 2011 a 2015, the Education Development Index Basic (Ideb) the institution was 4,8 a 5,2, above average set for 2015, that was 4,4.
He managed great results teaching the periodic table through songs and created an application to give chemistry class in a playful way the students - which awarded the school in which he taught with a small research lab.
Its main project, It earned him the title of Educator of the Year 2016. He and his students in a State School of Good Hope, the Holy Spirit, They built a sand-based filter, by means of an oxidation process, of water removes large amount of manganese and iron - contaminating substances responsible for the Rio Doce after the breaking of the dam Fundão, Mariana, Minas Gerais.
currently, the filter is used for about 200 people, reusing the water for domestic use, in Regency, the Holy Spirit.
Maggie McDonnell, He won the race and took the prize, but because of being among the 10 world's best, He is professor in Brazil, a country where the educator is underpaid, disrespected by students, It works without material support and personal, this young Capixaba was the winner.
A preparer Hero new heroes. National pride. according Wemerson, Education has to go "beyond the school walls".