Mohammad Abusenenh poses with his award for photographers.
Celebrating the teaching profession and the role of teachers in shaping the new generation, GEMS Education organised the fourth edition of the annual Mariamma Varkey Awards for Inspirational and Outstanding Teaching.
A red-carpet ceremony was held at GEMS World Academy in Dubai on Oct.3, 2019, and was attended by the senior leadership team of GEMS Education.
This year, 45 teachers were nominated in different categories for their yearlong drive in motivating students and inspiring their colleagues. Mohammad Abusenenh from GEMS United School was announced as the ‘Most Inspirational Teacher.’
Mohammad’s work has been transformational over the last three years both inside and outside the classroom.
His students say his classes stretch them to think, react, imagine and create, not just regurgitate knowledge, and this has had an evident impact, with a steady improvement in progress and attainment in Arabic and Islamic.
Outside the classroom Mohammad gets involved in everything from coaching soccer teams to KHDA panel participation and his commitment to educating the community about Islamic values and Arab culture is clear through numerous initiatives, particularly the school’s first ever student run National Day celebration.
Four others were awarded for their outstanding commitment to the holistic development of students. The five winners were: Annamma Lucy of Our Own English High School (Boys) - Sharjah (Early & Primary Years Teaching); Ayesha Aslam of GEMS Westminster School - Sharjah (Secondary Years); Elspeth Mackie of GEMS Wellington Academy-Al Khail (Inclusion); and Ramy Wagdy Aboudishdish of Cambridge International School-Dubai (Arabic & Islamic). Each received Dhs88,080 as cash prizes along with a citation. The total cash prizes presented through the awards were over Dhs 570,000.
On winning the ‘Most Inspirational Teacher’ award; Mohammad Abusenenh said: “I feel overwhelmed with pride and joy after winning this prestigious award and it motivates me for years to come to do better and give more. I would like to thank first and foremost my dear students who are the reason behind my success, and I would like to thank my fellow teachers and my school for supporting me to get here tonight. Thank you GEMS Education for this amazing opportunity, and I am very happy to be here and celebrate between my family and friends.”
Teachers were nominated based on specific criteria and had to demonstrate remarkable impact upon their students and the wider community, while also employing pioneering, creative, inclusive and innovative pedagogical practices that engage and challenge students in their learning.
In addition, nominated teachers had to be reflective practitioners who continue to inspire and motivate students and colleagues while engaging parents in the progress of their children’s learning.
In a series of tweets, the KHDA said, “Time to reveal the results of the Indian and Pakistani school inspections. First up is GEMS New Millennium Schools Alkhail!”
Sheikh Mohammed said, “I learned from the Ministers of Education about the latest preparations for the start of the next academic year... We look forward to a safe start and in accordance with the best safety standards for more than a million students within the education system in the Emirates.”
Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum presented the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2019 to Kenyan science teacher Peter Tabichi, who won the prize for changing the lives of poor students in a remote village of Kenya.
Sheikh Mohammed tweeted on his account on Twitter, saying: “An image from the UAE’s Hope Probe,135 million km away from Mars. The probe will reach the Red Planet on February 9, 2021."
The move falls within bilateral cooperation between the UAE and the State of Israel following the signing of the Abraham Accords and aims to facilitate travel to the UAE for the time being.
Being organised by the Sharjah Committee for National Day Celebrations with all necessary precautionary measures against the COVID-19 in place, the proceeds of the grand concert will go to support the humanitarian initiatives of the Big Heart Foundation in aid of refugees and the needy people around the world.