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Brussels Montessori teacher and English-language bookshop owner nominated for global teacher prize
German-born teacher and Treasure Trove bookshop owner Christoph Schiebold is one of 50 finalists for the 2019 Global Teacher Prize.
The 42-year-old Multiple Sclerosis sufferer was nominated for the award by colleagues at the International Montessori School Brussels 'Hof Kleinenberg'.
If he won the top prize, Schiebold says he would “create a project that will help children to learn to read and write and focus on schools that do not have not enough funds to afford school supplies”.
Schiebold, who is also a blogger, says he would “also like to create a website and a network that allows schools, educators and teachers all over the world to apply and register for free educational material and to share their experience in order to create a wide community”.
Diagnosed with MS when he was 20 years-old, Schiebold is a wheelchair user and believes that his condition means he serves as a role model for his pupils. “It helps them see that life really is what you make of it… you can change yourself, rebuild your identity and accept often brutal realities,” he says.
Known as the Nobel prize for teaching, the $1 million award by the Varkey Foundation is presented annually to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession.
Popular with the international community, Treasure Trove in Tervuren is an independent bookshop selling English books for children, young adults and adults.