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15/02/2018 - 18:17hs

Brazilian principal a Global Teacher Prize finalist

Teacher Diego Mahfouz Faria Lima, the principal of Darcy Ribeiro Municipal School, is one of ten finalists for the ‘Nobel Prize’ of education. The award ceremony will take place on MARch 18 in Dubai.

São Paulo – Brazilian teacher Diego Mahfouz Faria Lima is one of ten finalists for the Global Teacher Prize, an annual award regarded as the “Nobel Prize” of education. Granted by the Varkey Foundation, a United Kingdom charity sponsored by UAE prime minister and vice president and Dubai ruler Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the award entails a USD 1 million cash prize to the winner, to be announced in Dubai on March 18.

Faria Lima has been nominated for his work at Darcy Ribeiro Municipal School, in São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo, where he has become the principal. Formerly plagued with vandalism, high dropout levels, quarrels at the gates and drug dealing, the school evolved into a regionwide reference, and dropout rates are virtually zero, through actions which, according to the principal, are designed to “give students a voice and give them center stage.”

The school began to open during the weekends to offer the students classes of classical music and other activities. The professor abolished the warnings and suspensions and began to increasingly promote dialogue.

Faria Lima highlighted that conflict mediation committee was established, where the fights, which used to take place at the gates of Darcy Ribeiro, were solved before turning into violence. “The students themselves began to identify situations such as conflicts and bullying and to call the involved parties for talks,” he explained.

Another Brazilian, Rubens Ferronato, from Paraná, was among the top 50 of the award this year. He didn’t make the top 10, but he will be at the award ceremony in Dubai.

Watch below a video by the Varkey Foundation that portrays the story of Faria Lima and the Darcy Ribeiro school:

Diego Mahfouz Faria Lima


*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum & Sérgio Kakitani

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