BIC has long been an advocate for improving lives through education, supporting communities and working to achieve its “Writing the Future, Together” commitment of improving the learning conditions of 250 million children globally by 2025.


Now, in honor of Global Education Week, BIC has announced the winners of its first-ever BIC Cristal Pen Awards. After receiving hundreds of nominations from BIC team members, judges selected 10 deserving educators representing every region in which BIC operates. Each winner will receive a custom-designed award and their school or organization will receive a 5,000-euro grant and a donation of BIC stationery product.


Congratulations to these outstanding educators!






Maria Joanna A., Australia - Maria Joanna has worked in education for the past 30 years. She worked hard to implement a mini library in each classroom of her school, where students and the less fortunate can borrow books for their families. She chaired a Project Team consisting of English and Flilipino teachers that conducted various activities including book exchanges and planting trees.




Anastasia K., Greece - Anastasia works in special education and she spends her spare time mentoring teachers to help give students the tools they need to succeed. She is a creative teacher, and even wrote a fairytale book to help teach her students history with the goal of removing social stereotypes for people with disabilities.


Arzu A., Turkey - Arzu has 30 years of teaching experience and she founded the first nursery school in prison for children of convicted mothers. Her nursery school teaches students-in-need from 17 countries, where she works to break cultural barriers and bring students together.




Dilipsinh V., India - Dilipsinh works to support children, teachers and society. In addition to teaching his everyday curriculum, he inspires his students to be the best citizens they can be by sharing inspirational stories and holding workshops.




Yvonne M., Brazil - Yvonne opened a school in downtown Rio after she was inspired from enduring a personal tragedy. Twenty two years later, her school is thriving and has trained more than 15,000 teachers from around the world, positively impacting the lives of more than 200,000 students.


Danielle C., Brazil - Danielle works to address racial issues and the psychological impacts on her students. Danielle celebrates diversity and encourages her students to do the same.




Ronald D., Uganda - Ronald empowers his students by teaching basic life skills. Ronald is passionate about agriculture, as it accounts for 70% of employment of Ugandans. Ronald’s school agriculture program gives his students hands-on experience in understanding how agriculture and business works.


Kifle B., Ethiopia - Kifle has worked in education for the past 25 years. Kifle worked hard to procure teaching aids for all of the government primary schools in Addis Ababa. He devotes his time to training teachers and promoting student-teacher engagement to enhance his student’s education.




Alison K., United States - Alison has worked in early childhood education for more than 20 years. She led the initiative at her school to find a research-based, rigorous curriculum to prepare special education students to transition to kindergarten. On Mother’s Day weekend, Alison spent her time hand-delivering flowers and supplies to her student’s homes to they could create crafts at home.


Laurie B., United States - Laurie is a third grade teacher and can be described as someone who “lives and breathes teaching.” She devotes an incredible amount of time to her career and serves on various committees in her quest to make her school the best place it can be.

Congratulations to the 2020 BIC Cristal Pen Award Winners