U.S. teacher of immigrant kids lands $1mln prize

This woman just won the UN's annual

million-dollar Global Teacher Prize

Keishia Thorpe devoted her career

to educating immigrant children

She grew up in poverty in Jamaica -

before immigrating to the U.S.

on a track and field scholarship

(SOUNDBITE) (English) HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER, KEISHIA THORPE SAYING

"This is to encourage every little black boy and girl that looks like me, and every child in the world that feels marginalised and has a story like mine, and felt they never mattered."

The very first Global Student Prize

went to a student from Sierra Leone

He is currently enrolled

at Durham University

The prize's website describes him

as a 'renewable energy scholar'

(SOUNDBITE) (English) DURHAM UNIVERSITY STUDENT, JEREMIAH THORONKA, SAYING:

"It's amazing, it's wonderful. Words can't express how I feel right now about this."

Hugh Jackman presented the award

worth $100,000 via video link

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