2021 Maltina Teacher of the Year contest begins
• Winner takes home N6.5m
The search for new best teacher in secondary schools has officially commenced as Nigeria Breweries Plc. announced entries for this year’s Maltina Teacher of the Year contest.
Corporate Affairs Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc, organiser of the competition, Mrs Sade Morgan, announced the kick-off at a news conference in Lagos, saying the seven-year initiative has positively imparted teaching profession and education sector at large.
Morgan explained that the company came up with Maltina Teacher of the Year award on the platform of its social arm, Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund, to identify, showcase and celebrate exemplary teachers in both public and private secondary schools nationwide.
Morgan said teachers are not celebrated despite the crucial role they play in nurturing youths and shaping the future of the country.
She pointed out that over the years, the company had impacted education sector across levels and promised to do more.
The company chief disclosed that the overall winner would go home with a total of N6.5m, a plaque and certificate.
She said while the grand winner would go home with N1 million as a national champion and another N500, 000 as a state champion on the day of the award ceremony in October where he or she would be unveiled, the person would also be paid N1 million yearly for the next five years.
Besides, the school the winner represented would get a block of six classrooms or laboratory depending on its needs.
She added that the winner, who must be certified by Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) would also be entitled to all-expenses-paid training programme abroad.
Morgan also noted that while the first and second runners-up would receive N1 million and N750, 000 respectively, plus another N500, 000 as state champions, other state winners would also go home with N500, 000 each.
According to Morgan, last year’s edition attracted 55 per cent increase in entries over the previous year while expressing hope that more people would participate this year.
The Corporate Affairs Director commended all educational stakeholders working with the company on the initiative, including Federal and state ministries of education, NUT, All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) and TRCN for their support.
She urged them to use their network to reach out to teachers across the country by notifying them about this year’s edition to drive massive participation.
Representatives of the various associations, who spoke at the flag-off ceremony, commended Nigerian Breweries for staying committed to the project and promised to do all they could to ensure success of this year’s event.
In their separate remarks, registrar of TRCN, Prof Josiah Ajiboye, who joined virtually and national treasurer of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Mr Segun Raheem, said the initiative is a rewarding experience for teachers and teaching profession.
They enjoined other corporate bodies to take a cue from Nigeria Breweries to invest in education to take Nigeria out of poverty.
Ajiboye added that investment in human capital is the best by any country to attain economic greatness.
Sharing her testimonial at the event, the current champion, who is a female teacher with Concordia College, Jimeta, Yola, Adamawa State, Oluwabunmi Adani, commended Nigerian Breweries for the initiative, saying the award has added great values not only to the winners including herself but teaching profession.