Actors Salma Hayek and Matthew McConaughey are in Dubai for the Global Teacher Prize ceremony today. Awarded by the Varkey Foundation, the Global Teach Prize celebrates one educator from a list of thousands across the world, awarding the winner Dhs3.6 million. The aim of the prize is to increase the status of teachers and educators, to ensure that future generations will be moulded by the best there is.

Salma Hayek

Hayek and McConaughey are both involved in their own charity foundations; the Salma Hayek Foundation fights for equal rights and against domestic violence while the Just Keep Livin Foundation helps high school students to make better life choices. Both will attend an exclusive red carpet event to celebrate the winner, along with other celebrities including Abhishek Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Eric Nam and Hatim Ammor. Meanwhile, Hollywood A-lister Kevin Spacey is a member of the jury committee that decides the winner.

The Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize will be broadcast live on March 13 at 6pm GST on the official site globalteacherprize.org.