The Global Educator of the Year Award recognises educators who have gone above and beyond in raising awareness and deepening understanding of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and encouraging people to take action.
It is time to celebrate the amazing work our teachers are doing.
- Teachers are creating our future global citizens.
- Teachers integrate global learning and the sustainable development goals (SDGs) into their lessons.
- Teachers are role models for positive social action.
- Teachers equip young people with the understanding, attitudes and behaviour that will allow for their success in a global facing Britain.
We 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 on 13 July.
I had always been a keen advocate of empowering global citizens. Prior to teaching, I worked as a regional support manager with refugees and asylum seekers…I thought long and hard about leaving a successful career to embark on teaching: I was proud to be working in the field that I was, but my potential to effect change was limited. I wanted to engage children – the adults of the future – and teach them the critical thinking skills that are essential to navigate a world of media, and build balanced and informed opinions.” Samantha Olubodun, GEYA 2018 winner
We had an inspirational line-up of finalists this year. Our congratulations to all our GEYA 2018 finalists – Samantha Olubodun (Meadow County Primary School, Cheshire), Thandiwe Banda, (Overton Grange School, Surrey) and Jo Fraser, (Beaconhurst School, Stirling). All of our finalists were recognised for their work in raising awareness and deepening understanding of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and doing remarkable work in creating future global citizens.
Our thanks go to our GEYA 2018 judging panel:
- Julie Brown, Practical Action/Think Global
- Alison Bellwood, Project Everyone
- Yvonne Luce, Global Education Derby
- Mark Herbert, British Council
- Jane Yates, Global Educator of the Year 2017 winner
- Kate Thomson, Department for International Development (DFID)
- Kate Lea, Oxfam
- Regan Leahy, Hogan Lovells
Find out more about the 2018 event.
Find out more the 2017 Award.