The first edition of the Scoonews Global Educators Fest 2017 held over August 18 and 19 at the Hyatt Regency, Gurugram brought together some of the brightest minds from across the globe in the field of education. India’s most exciting education brainstorm, it witnessed no less than 60 speakers, 350 delegates and 40 partners exchanging ideas, concepts and more.
On a more touching note, the occasion also marked the presentation of the Scoonews Teacher Warrior Awards 2017. The awards honoured 16 of the country’s best and bravest teachers, striving to give disadvantaged children a fighting chance at a better present and a future bright with possibilities. These outstanding individuals, who were featured in the June issue of Scoonews, have taken learning out of the classrooms of privilege, to those that need it most yet all too rarely receive it.
The auditorium resounded with applause as these heroes ventured up on stage to acknowledge this recognition of their commendable and inspiring service. Awarded by Prince Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar Trustee, Maharana of Mewar Charitable Foundation; Joyanto Mukherjee, Founder, Tutored and Trained (TNT); and Scoonews Founder-CEO Ravi Santlani, these Teacher Warriors were clearly the brightest stars in an already glittering firmament that evening.
The Scoonews Teacher Warrior Awards will identify such exemplary educators every year and felicitate them, enabling them to rack up popularity for their cause and network with like-minded individuals.
Winners – Scoonews Teacher Warrior Awards 2017
Akshai Abraham, Founder, Project Khel – Imparting life skills education through play
Babar Ali, Founder, Anand Siksha Niketan – The youngest headmaster at age 16
Dr Amitabh Mehrotra, Chairperson, SPARC – Overcoming cerebral palsy to start a school for disabled children
Faith Gonsalves – Pioneering a community-led approach to music education for social uplift of ‘at-risk’ children
Fr Maria Julian – Imparting computer education to under-privileged kids in a self-sustainable bus
G K Swamy, Founder & CEO, Purkal Youth Development Society – Transforming lives of rural children through holistic education, nutrition and healthcare
Gazi Jalaluddin, Founder, Sundarban Orphanage and Welfare Trust – A taxi driver working to give poor children an opportunity to attend school
Mittal Patel, Managing Trustee, VSSM – Working to ensure children of Nomadic and De-notified tribes get their right to education
Mrinalika Rathore, Founder, Sashaktikaran – Changing societal mind-sets and empowering children
Navin Gulia, Founder, Apni Duniya Apna Ashiana (ADAA) – A glimmer of goodness in young lives darkened by the grime of reality
Sandeep Desai, Founder, Shloka Missionaries – Collected donations in Mumbai’s local trains to start four schools in rural India
Sudheer Jalagam, Founder, Tea with Headmaster – Bringing parents and teachers together to discuss issues prevailing in government schools
Sugata Mitra – Fuelling the training and development of nearly a million young Indians through Hole in the Wall and other projects
Sujata Sahu, Founder, 17000 Ft Foundation – Transforming lives of thousands of children in remote Ladakh
The Kung Fu Nuns – Helping hands, healing hearts in the Himalayas
Uttam Teron, Founder, Parijat Academy – Started a school of ‘Joyful Learning’ for tribal children in Assam
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