This Maharashtra teacher solved school dropout problem and won a UN prize

On December 3, 2020, Ranjit Disale won a Global Teacher Prize worth $1 million from the UNESCO for his innovative teaching that helped boost students enrolment in schools | Photo - Special arrangement

On his first day at school in a small village in Solapur district of Maharashtra, Ranjitsinh Disale was shocked to see only 5-6 students against a capacity of around 60.

It was his first day back in 2011 as a teacher at the Zila Parishad School, Kadamvasti, Paratewadi in Madha taluka of Solapur district. And there were no girls too in this primary school for classes 1 to 4.

Disale, 32, on December 3, 2020, was conferred with the Global Teacher Prize of $1 Million by the Varkey Foundation and UNESCO for his innovative teaching. One of his achievements was the innovative use of technology to reduce student dropout and increase the enrolment of students in classrooms.

He would share 50% of the prize money with the remaining nine teachers from the 10 Global Teacher Prize finalists.

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