Te Rito Maioha staff member honoured internationally

Te Rito Maioha Director of Research and Postgraduate Programmes, Janis Carroll-Lind has been selected to serve as a member of the international jury for the UNESCO-Hamdan Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers.


"The UNESCO-Hamdan prize is awarded to three candidates every two years," says Janis.


"The objective of the $100,000 prize is to reward teachers who are making an outstanding contribution to improving educational practices around the world, with the priority being given to marginalised and disadvantaged communities in developing countries."


The award ceremony takes place at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on World Teachers’ Day on 5 October and the prize is funded by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum of Dubai.


Janis is the representative for Asia and the Pacific, and the other jury members represent sub-Saharan Africa, Arab States, Europe, and North and Latin America, including the Caribbean.


"I am the only jury member whose first language is English," says Janis. "It was humbling to read all the applications from non-English speaking countries, whose applicants are so multilingual.


"The applicants are required to show how they have supported the enhancement of teaching and learning quality in achieving the ‘Education for All’ goal, which is one of UNESCO’s priorities. Some of the projects are supporting millions of teachers who, more often than not, are teaching under adverse circumstances.


"Applications were received from across the education sector—from early childhood education through to tertiary level," says Janis. "The applicants were also from very different organisations. For example, governmental, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), educational or research institutions, and local communities.


"But no applications were received from any of our Pacific neighbours so if you know of an educational initiative that is making a difference, please tell them about the UNESCO-Hamdan Award."


Janis says it was a career highlight to travel to the United Arab Emirates in January to be received at the palace with other jury members by His Highness (as pictured with Janis), his Ministers, and in particular, His Excellency, Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, the Minister of Education.


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