Two Palestinian teachers from the occupied West Bank district of Nablus have qualified to participate in the Global Teacher Prize organized by the Varkey Foundation.
This year, Lina Raheid Rashad al-Betar and Nidaa Dar Salah, two of 18 Palestinian teachers who registered to participate, qualified in the competition.
Al-Betar, an English teacher in Bir Quza elementary school, uses playing and singing in her lessons and teaching material in order to get students to love the learning process.
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Al-Betar also uses technology in order to stimulate the students’ abilities to creatively think and focus, and maintains direct communication between the school administration, parents, and the local community to address issues.
Meanwhile, Dar Salah, a first grade teacher in Beita elementary school for girls, has worked on an initiative titled “My right to learn in love and peace,” which aims to inculcate values and morals in students and liberate them from restrictions. She believes that all students have different abilities that must be liberated in order to be developed.
During her seven-year career teaching first graders, Dar Salah has focused on using technology, theater, singing, and acting in her teaching methods, along with encouraging students to actively participate in classes.
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Dar Salah shows much care for students with special needs and tries to motivate them to participate in activities inside and outside the classroom.
Hanan al-Hroub, a Palestinian refugee from has previously won the award.