Our most recent Minerva talk was given by Ms Andria Zafirakou MBE, who was awarded $1million by the Varkey Foundation when she won the 2018 ‘Global Teacher Prize'.

Within a year of teaching arts and textiles at Alperton Community School Ms Zafirakou was promoted to Deputy Head of Art.  In the thirteen years since, her career has been led by her passion for education and its power to transform the lives of young people and underserved communities.  Her creative approach and astonishing efforts to redesign her school’s curriculum to accommodate the widely differing needs of its pupils have put Alperton Community School in the top 5% of the country in terms of qualifications and accreditations.

Now Associate Deputy Head Teacher leading on staff professional development, Ms Zafirakou has used her $1million prize money to found a charity called Artists in Residence (AiR) with the aim of improving arts education in schools.  Her inclusion in the top ten of The Evening Standard’s 1000 Londoners List is evidence of her role as a person of significant influence and achievement and we were honoured to welcome her to speak to the Minerva Society.

The Minerva Society is a forum for invited voluntary speakers covering a broad range of topics including natural and social sciences, business, economics and the arts.