Kenya De-Radicalisation Teacher On $1m Prize Shortlist

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Kenyan teacher, Ayub Mohamud, who teaches little kids against violent extremism has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the $1m (£690,000) prize for the world’s best teacher.

Ayub Mohamud teaches at a school which is regarded as a recruiting ground for Islamist militants, and has done a lot in stopping their activities.

He told the BBC he was excited and humbled by his nomination by the Varkey Foundation, which works to improve the education of underprivileged children.

Mr Mohamud teaches business and Islamic studies in the Somali-dominated Eastleigh suburb of Nairobi, which is popularly referred to as “Little Mogadishu.”

For the last five years, he has taken extra hours to discuss de-radicalisation in his religious education classes. Also, he engaged the students in extra-curricular activities to get their mind off crime and terrorism.

Abdinoor Aden believes teachers can contribute to global efforts against terrorism byy instilling critical thinking skills and confidence in their students. He believes that will help students reject extremists’ demands.

Ayub Mohamuds is doing his bit in protecting Africa’s future and he totally deserves his nomination for teacher of the year.

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