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We will begin accepting new applications November 15, 2021

The annual global SIMA Teacher Award is a recognition for outstanding accomplishments and dedication to using media resources to foster global competencies. Award winners are selected by the SIMA Classroom Jury, comprised of renowned experts in the fields of global education and social innovation. 


The awarded teacher receives:

  • Professional Development Scholarship up to $1,000 Value *
  • Lifetime access to SIMA Classroom 
  • Permanent feature on SIMA Classroom website
(*) Educator chooses a professional development course or workshop of his/her interest up to $1,000 (or equivalent in local currency) in tuition/fees directly to the selected institution.  Sponsored by Qatar Foundation International (QFI) and must be completed before December 2022.


  1. Submit the Application Form here
  2. Choose 3 students to submit feedback forms: submit here.
  3. Visual Impact Evidence: Please e-mail us one or more of the following: video testimonies, photos of classroom, activity or product images – depicting the impact/ outcome of the implemented Lesson Plan activity. (SUBJECT: Teacher Award Visual| Your Name)
  4. Choose 1 student to endorse your nomination: submit here.
    • They will be asked to answer the following questions:
        1. Question 1: What shifted in you as a result of being in the classroom of the nominated educator (e.g. mindset, perspective, worldview, behavior)?
        2. Question 2: How did this teacher inspire you to be a socially engaged/globally conscious citizen?


Applicants must be a current K-12 educator. Educators may apply once annually. 


  • Utilized at least 1 (one) SIMA Classroom Lesson Plan/Challenge and social impact film as a launchpad for students to engage in informed discussions, meaningful collaborations, or thoughtful action.
  • Demonstrated a commitment to deepening students global perspective and cultural awareness.
  • Dedicated their energy to igniting curiosity and passion within their students and then helped them harness that energy into their own projects inside or outside the classroom. 
  • Facilitated material in a way that empowered students to acknowledge their potential to be active engines of change in their communities and in the world at large.
  • Acted as a change-making role models (for example: after watching a film about environmental issues, starting a recycling initiative in their classroom to illustrate the small but significant way we can change our daily behavior to make a difference)
  • Encouraged an empathetic learning framework that elevated the importance of responsibly educating oneself before acting on the issue (for example: encouraging the students to complete additional research on their topic of interest, engaging with community members directly affected by the problem etc..)  


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