这是一个可以成为一个感觉电影的情节：一个漫无目的的年轻人困扰着他在生活中的目的，并反对所有的赔率都带来了社会变革 - 从技术甚至宝莱坞带来了一点帮助。
Meet Ranjitsinh Disale, an educator from an impoverished corner of western India.
He’s just been named the winner of the Varkey Foundation-UNESCO $1 millionGlobal Teacher Prize。他荣获“改变了Paritewadi的Zilla Parishad小学女孩的”改变了生命机会“ - Maharashtra的一个可怜的村庄，其中部落社区传统上将女性远离正规教育。
Unlike boys, few girls bothered to show up for classes. In those days, most were expected to work on family farms until their teenage years when many were married off. The local literacy rates for females were among the worst in the state.
And change they did. Today, class attendance has gone up from two to 100 percent. 85 percent of his students now pass with A grades in their annual examinations. And teenage marriages have all but stopped.
One of his former students is now studying at the university, something that would have been almost impossible for a girl from poor rural background to do a decade ago.
“I made a five-year plan,” he recalls. “I set three targets for myself: to create awareness among parents about education, to get student attendance to 100 percent, and ultimately to make learning joyful and engaging.”
As a first step, he learned the local language, Kannada, and then translated the state’s curriculum and English textbooks into it.
He then began promoting the importance of education with a missionary zeal. He went to homes and farms and encouraged parents to let their girls learn.
To entice more kids to his classroom and keep them there, he started showing Bollywood movies on his laptop. “By the end of 2010, I had achieved 99 percent attendance,” he laughs.
With his students at their desks, he started introducing them to educational videos and PowerPoint presentations linked to the syllabus. At around this time, Disale had completed a course at a Microsoft teachers’ training center in the nearby tech hub city of Pune.
To get parents involved in their children’s schooling, Disale would send them text messages every afternoon with details about homework and lessons. Then he set up an alarm that would go off on all school nights at 7 p.m. sharp. “That was a sign for the parents to stop doing their daily chores and ensure that their children were completing their homework.”
To enrich the learning experience further, he developed personalized programs for each student. He printed stickers with QR codes to go in their textbooks so that students could download learning materials directly onto their phones. It proved to be a breakthrough.
Their performance improved by an average of 20 percent with big strides in engagement. “Suddenly, you could see students who weren’t interested in reading before now reading efficiently. Those who were shy were now speaking confidently. And the writing skills of students improved a lot,” he says.
2015年，拆迁加入了Microsoft创新教育者（M威廉希尔体育官网IE）计划，汇集了来自世界各地的教育工作者，他们想要改变学习。该计划旨在识别教育家Visionaries - 被称为MIE专家 - 帮助肉体找到了更具创新的方法来利用技术来改善学生参与。
In 2017 he set up Virtual Field Trips (VFTs) using Skype and has since hosted 1,483 sessions showcasing destinations around the world for his classes.
He has also launched Let’s Cross the Borders, a Skype-based collaborative project that connects students from countries in conflict. The six-week program involves 150 schools and 5,000 students. It matches ‘peace buddies’ across countries, addresses issues of conflict, tries to find ways to resolve the problems and attempts to draw up plans of action for the future.
During the current pandemic, Disale helped his school adopt Microsoft Teams for lessons along with other tools, like OneNote and Sway. They attend classes from their homes, while Together Mode on Microsoft Teams provides them some semblance of a classroom.
While all of this has made learning enjoyable for students, Disale believes that the real positive outcome of this has been their increased levels of familiarity with technology.
The Global Teacher Award comes with a prize money of a million US Dollars. Disale has requested that half-a-million be distributed equally among the remaining nine finalists that he beat.
Throughout 2021, Disale will also be addressing conferences all over the world.
All photos courtesy Ranjitsinh Disale
Abhishek Mande Bhot is an independent writer and editor covering news, lifestyle, and luxury for publications in India and the US.