A Palestinian school teacher won a $1 million education award on Sunday to applause from world leaders for helping children to learn through play. Hanan Al Hroub, who teaches at the Samiha Khalil High School in the West Bank Palestinian city of Al-Bireh, was presented with the award at Dubai.

Hroub, who grew up at a refugee camp near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, beat nominees from India, Japan, Canada, Kenya, the US and the UK.

She beat India’s Robin Chaurasiya, who runs a not-for-profit school in Mumbai for girls from the city’s red light district of Kamatipura, and eight other finalists to bag the Varkey Foundation’s prize.

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Hroub, who has expressed her experience in a book entitled ‘We Play and Learn’, said: “I am proud to be a Palestinian female teacher standing on this stage.”

Wearing a traditional Palestinian dress , she accepted the prize “as a win for all teachers in general and Palestinian teachers in particular.”

She said she would use some of the money to promote her education methods and support fellow teachers in the Palestinian territories.

Next:-Here’s a look at the work that she does.

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