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Pakistani teacher wins world’s “Most dedicated teacher award”


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Cambridge University Press has announced the winner of ‘Dedicated Teacher Award’ – a new title to recognize inspirational teachers around the world on Thursday. Ahmed Saya, an A Levels teacher at Cordoba School, has been named a winner after a public vote.

“We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2019 Dedicated Teacher Award goes to… Ahmed Saya from Cordoba School for A Level in Pakistan. Well done to Ahmed and all our finalists!” read the social media post of Cambridge.

“Out of 4,000 nominations, 50 shortlisted entries, to 6 finalists, you voted Ahmed Saya as the winner of the 2019 Dedicated Teacher Awards,” the website states.

Saya has been teaching mathematics and accounting at the O and A Levels for almost 18 years. He also works at Bridge School for underprivileged students and is a teacher trainer as well.

Saya has won a trip to Cambridge University, United Kingdom, continuing professional development opportunities for his school, and a host of other prizes.

The global competition ran from October 1 to December 7, 2018. People of all ages nominated teachers who had made a difference in their lives and a panel of educational experts chose six finalists from the nominations. A public vote was then held globally from January 21 to January 27, 2019, and Saya secured a staggering 80% of the vote.

“Teaching is not a job, it is a responsibility and this responsibility does not end when the class ends,” said Saya. “I don’t want to just cover the syllabus, it is my responsibility to also teach students character, ethics, and morals. I believe every child deserves a bright future and I am grateful for whatever role I can play to help them achieve this,” he said.

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Saya has been teaching mathematics and accounting at the O and A Levels for almost 18 years. He also works at Bridge School for underprivileged students and is a teacher trainer as well. He was nominated for going above and beyond for his students.

Cambridge University Press Global Head of Brand Kristy Walford said that this category provides an opportunity for people across the globe to express their gratitude. “We have been overwhelmed by the amount of heartwarming stories [received] and we appreciate teachers for the hard work they do daily,” she said, adding the stories will be shared so that the nominated teachers get the recognition they truly deserve.

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