Press Release: 13 July 2018
Think Global are delighted to announce the winner of the 2018 Global Educator of the Year Award – Samantha Olubodun. The Award was celebrated at a special event in City Hall, London: recognising the incredible work of educators who are integrating global learning in their lessons, as well as celebrating Think Global’s 35th Birthday!
2018 Global Educator of the Year Award winner Samantha is a primary school teacher and a Specialist Leader in education, at Meadow County Primary School, Cheshire. She works within her school and County to help pupils and teachers to better understand the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), think critically about global issues, and encourage people to act on them for a more just and sustainable world.
Heather Swainston, Director at Cheshire Development Education Centre (CDEC) who nominated Ms. Olubodun says:
Sam has done so much to help pupils understand the SDGs and for her colleagues in school and across the County to be inspired to undertake similar work.”
Running for the fourth year, the Award recognizes educators who have gone above and beyond in raising awareness and deepening understanding of the UN’s SDGs and educators inspiring and empowering a new generation of active global citizens.
Every year we receive nominations for educators who are passionate and committed to creating a better world by giving young people the tools and opportunities to feel inspired and empowered to create change. This year, the calibre of those nominated has made the judge’s task a lot more difficult. I am so pleased to give recognition to and celebrate the pivotal role of teachers in inspiring a new generation of active global citizens.”
Jess McQuail, Chief Executive of Think Global
Notes to Editor:
- Think Global is a UK based education charity helping people to understand and act on global issues. Our vision is a world that is just and sustainable for everyone. Our mission is to enable people to understand and think critically about global issues, motivating and encouraging us all to act for a more just and sustainable world.
- Global Learning is a teaching approach that puts education in a global context. It seeks to improve the way we all understand, think and act when addressing the challenges, we face in the world together.
- United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). In 2015, more than 190 world leaders committed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to help us all end extreme poverty, fight inequality & injustice, and fix climate change. We each have a role to play if we’re going to achieve these goals of a more prosperous, equitable, and sustainable world.
- Meadow County Primary School, Cheshire is a large primary school in the Great Sutton area of Ellesmere Port, which opened in January 1993, following the amalgamation of the Infant and Junior Schools. It caters for children aged 4-11.
- Cheshire Development Education Centre (CDEC) is the leading provider of global education services in Cheshire, Halton, Warrington and Wirral, offering professional support and training to schools and teachers, universities and trainee teachers and other educational and early years’ settings.
For further information, please contact Faaria.Ahmad@think-global.org.uk