A teacher from Ghana has been included in the top 50 shortlist for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2018 at globalteacherprize.org. Now in its fourth year, the US$1 million award is the largest prize of its kind.

Professor Sitsofe Enyonam Anku, a mathematics teacher at Meagasa Mathematics Academy, Lashibi, Accra, was shortlisted for the Global Teacher Prize 2018 having been selected from over 30,000 nominations and applications from 173 countries around the world.

The Global Teacher Prize was set up to recognize one exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession as well as to shine a spotlight on the important role teachers play in society. By unearthing thousands of stories of heroes that have transformed young people’s lives, the prize hopes to bring to life the exceptional work of millions of teachers all over the world. 

Sitsofe Enyonam Anku is a nationally and internationally-renowned maths educator, promoting practical mathematics to overcome student fears of the subject and helping them appreciate its real life applications. He set up the Meagasa Mathematics Academy to support children aged six to 18 and his teaching programmes have helped students find enjoyment and excitement in mathematics, as they learn to communicate confidently, work well in teams and respect others’ opinions. Now his teaching methodologies are used in classrooms across Ghana and other parts of the world. His writing, mathematics clubs and camps and a national tour have brought practical mathematics to thousands of people.


The top 50 shortlist has representatives from 33 countries and by highlighting their stories the Varkey Foundation hopes that the public will be able to join in passionate debates about the importance of teachers. The winner will be announced at theGlobal Education and Skills Forum in Dubai on Sunday 18 March 2018.


Sunny Varkey, founder of the Varkey Foundation and the Global Teacher Prize, said:


“Congratulations to Sitsofe Enyonam Anku for reaching the final 50. I hope his story inspires those looking to enter the teaching profession and shines a spotlight on the incredible work teachers do all over the world every day.


“We intend to keep this momentum going as our journey continues to return teachers to their rightful position as one of the most respected professions in society.


“We were overwhelmed by the huge support the Global Teacher Prize received this year. The over 30,000 nominations and applications we received from every corner of the planet is testimony to the achievements of teachers and the enormous impact they have on all of our lives.”


The top 50 shortlisted teachers are narrowed down to ten finalist teachers by a Prize Committee, with that result announced in February 2018. The winner will then be chosen from these ten finalists by the Global Teacher Prize Academy. All ten finalists will be invited to Dubai for the Award ceremony at the Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF) on Sunday 18 March next year, where the winner will be announced live on stage.


Further information about the top 50 shortlist will be available from Wednesday 13 December here: http://www.globalteacherprize.org. To join the conversation online follow #TeachersMatter on: https://twitter.com/TeacherPrizeand https://www.facebook.com/teacherprize.






Professor Sitsofe Enyonam Anku, a teacher of the Meagasa Mathematics Academy at Lashibi has been known to the GNAT since 1995 when he was a lecturer at the University of Ghana, Legon.  He was a member of the Mathematical Society of Ghana (MAG). 

As a professional body GNAT was actively involved in the organization of MAG and its membership mobilization.

From 1995 to 2005 he was an active member of MAG and served as a resource person at most of the society’s meetings.

Professor Anku has a strong conviction about how mathematics should be taught and has always wondered why students should fail the subject.  He always placed the blame at poor teaching methodologies which did not relate mathematics to everyday life to make it practical to the students.

In 2005, his conviction led him to break away from the Mathematical Society of Ghana to form the Mathematics Association of Ghana.

Due to his strong desire to improve the teaching and learning of Mathematics in Ghana, he wrote a proposal to the government for support in the training of mathematics teachers in the public schools in Ghana in 2010.  These proposals were accepted and his training programmes were hosted by the GNAT Greater Accra Regional Secretariat from 2010 – 2012.

Professor Anku’s passion for Mathematics is unquestionable as he would always seize the least opportunity to educate the public about how mathematics is core to every aspect of life and profession.  He always uses practical life situations to explain complex mathematical concepts.

Many Ghanaian children and teachers who have participated in the Meagasa Mathematics Academy or the mathematics camps have always had a tremendous improvement in the teaching and learning outcomes in mathematics.

His works most of which have been published have gone a long way to demystify the notion that mathematics is a difficult subject.  Professor Anku is a delight to watch when he is teaching mathematics, he does it with passion and love, making sure that the pupils can relate the concepts to practical life.

We of the Ghana National Association of Teachers whole heartedly throw our support for his nomination for the Global Teacher Prize 2018 and pray that he wins the Award because he has worked for it and deserves it.