Educator Shortlisted in World’s Best Teacher Contest

A Cambodian woman who teaches blind children has been shortlisted as one of 10 finalists in a $1 million competition to find the world’s best teacher.

Phalla Neang, the blind education program coordinator for the NGO Krousar Thmey, was chosen from thousands of educators from around the world as a finalist for the Global Teacher Prize, which is funded by the Varkey Foundation, it announced on Friday.

Ms. Neang, who has been teaching  for more than two decades, said she was “very, very happy” to be shortlisted.

“I first started in 1993, I was the first blind teacher in Cambodia,” she said. “Many parents said…‘My child is blind, they cannot get [an] education,’ and I said ‘Please, you don’t know, they have the right to study like other children.’”

Ms. Neang will travel to Dubai next month for the awards ceremony.

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