For Media Monday this week, we’re looking beyond borders and joining the international community in saluting a great teacher who works in some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable.
Some children may not directly experience things like arrests, or assault, checkpoints, and all the violence in our country, however they see it on the screens and in social media and that will affect them. . . . When I say no to violence, I pass it on to the students without them noticing it, through behaviors and ethics that I teach the students through playing games.
—Hanan Al Hroub, Global Teacher of the Year, 2016
In case you missed it, an innovative Palestinian teacher from Bethlehem who grew up in a refugee camp and now teaches refugee kids, was selected as Global Teacher of the Year yesterday. None other than Pope Francis announced the honor for Hanan al-Hroub, who believes in nonviolence and the power of play. Al Hroub explains her philosophy and her battle against violence in a YouTube video that’s a must-see: