Out of 4,000 teachers, Pakistani teacher Ahmed Saya wins Cambridge University’s prestigious award

A proud moment for Pakistan

Renowned Pakistani teacher Ahmed Saya has just made his entire country proud by winning Cambridge University’s prestigious ‘Dedicated Teacher Award’

Saya was among six other teachers shortlisted from around the world. He and the other teachers were voted by an online poll that was conducted by the Cambridge University Press. The students were required to vote in this poll.

According to Cambridge, around 4,000 teachers were nominated for the poll while only 50 were shortlisted and only 6 made it to the finalists of this year’s Dedicated Teacher Awards.

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2019 Dedicated Teacher Award goes to… Ahmed Saya from Cordoba School for A Level in Pakistan. Well done to Ahmed and all our finalists! #MyDedicatedTeacher

Saya has now been invited to Cambridge, the UK where he will continue professional development at the institution. He currently teaches accounts at the Cordoba School for A level.

The other finalists for the award included Sri Lanka’s Anthony Chelliah, Australia’s Candice Green, Malaysia’s Sharon Kong Foong, Philippines’ Jimrey Dapin and India’s Abhinandan Bhattacharya.

Seeing Ahmed Saya emerging at the top has made Pakistan extremely proud.


More about Cambridge University’s Dedicated Teacher Award

Every year Cambridge University holds a poll which honors teachers that go beyond the classroom. Students exclusively vote for teachers who they think have inspired them the most.

The teachers are judged based on the following categories:

  • Going ‘beyond the classroom’ – whether it’s giving up spare time, own money or resources
  • Fantastic pastoral care – showing empathy, care, and personal support
  • Making the ordinary, extraordinary – innovative lesson ideas and practices
  • Opening up the world – preparing students for their futures beyond school

At the end of the poll, the top 50 teachers receive a certificate, the finalists receive a certificate as well as a T-shirt, pen, invitation to join exclusive teacher’s panel, a class set of resources up to £500.

The Overall Winner receives all of the above plus invitation to speak at Cambridge University’s annual sales conference in September 2020 and teacher training opportunities.


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