Kenyan teacher, Ayub Mohamud has been nominated for a U.S. $1 million Global Teacher Prize, in recognition of his outstanding efforts, working with youths and teaching them against violent extremism.

Mohamud, a teacher at Eastleigh High School, reportedly identified as a recruiting ground for Islamist militants, is among the 10 finalists nominated for the award.

Mohamud teaches business studies and says if teachers gave students critical thinking skills and confidence they would “be able to reject extremists’ demands”.

According to Global Teacher Prize, as a Religious Education teacher, Mohamud has managed to create “a network of like minded teachers to combat the extremism,” to teach on radicalisation and violent extremism, which have reared the youths’ heads.

Ayub in the classroom Photo: Global Teacher Prize

Ayub in the classroom Photo: Global Teacher Prize

Kenya has been affected by various cases of extremist attacks and the country has witnessed a dramatic rise in violent extremism over the years. According to Afrobarometer, between 1970 and 2007, Kenya has “experienced 190 terrorist attacks, an average of five per year; since 2008, the average has escalated to 47 attacks a year. The overwhelming majority of these incidents have been attributed to Al-Shabaab”.

Fighting this escalating extremism is a difficult job and teachers such as Mohamud are dedicating their lives to the fight through education.

The 2016 finalists hail from various countries which include: Australia, Finland, India, Japan, Kenya, Palestine, Pakistan, the United States and the United Kingdom.

The winner will be announced at the Global Education and Skills Forum to be held in Dubai on March 13 and all ten finalists have been invited to attend the awards ceremony.

The Global Teacher Prize is a  brainchild of the Varkey Foundation, an organisation established to improve the standards of education for underprivileged children throughout the world.The foundation was created by education philanthropist Sunny Varkey, who is based in Dubai.

Source: Global Teacher Prize