Nigerian Breweries kicks off Maltina Teacher of the Year 2017
Brewing company, Nigerian Breweries Plc has flagged off Maltina Teacher of the Year 2017 award at a ceremony that took place recently at Eko Hotel, Lagos. The initiative was launched in 2015 to recognise, celebrate and motivate teachers in Nigeria to excellence in the performance of their duties. It has continued over the years as part of Nigerian Breweries Plc’s commitment in developing education in the country.
Corporate Affairs Adviser, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr. Kufre Ekanem, said in addition to all the accomplishments of Nigerian Breweries-Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund since inception, the company has expanded its intervention in education in Nigeria to teachers. He noted that Maltina Teacher of the Year Award initiative is hinged on the realisation that teachers seldom get the recognition they deserve in spite of the pivotal role they play in determining the quality of education and the human person in society.
Commissioners of education, representing their states across Nigeria, were present at the event. Other dignitaries that graced the event were the Permanent Secretary in the office of Deputy Governor Lagos State, Mrs. Yetunde Odejayi, Professor Aloy Ejiogu of education department, University of Lagos, commissioner of education, Taraba State, Jigem Johanes, Commissioner of Education, Akwa Ibom State, Pastor Paul Alexander Udofa among other dignitaries.
Mrs. Odejayi commended Nigerian Breweries, and said the award would help enhance and promote healthy relationship among teachers nation wide.
“The teaching profession particularly is unique because it involves building the lives for our future leaders and building human capital for national development,” she said. “I believe the moral of the award would simply teach us to know that in whatever assignment we are given, we most be passionate and committed to it because one day these qualities will stand us out from the crowd.”
Prof. Ejiogu praised the effort of teachers, as curators of minds, adding, “No one can do what teachers do; teachers are so many personalities rolled into one. Teachers can be seen as counselors, mentors, friends, surrogate parents, disciplinarians, classroom control experts, role dynamic facilitators, motivational speakers, touch bearers, as well as subject matter specialists.”
There was a discussion panel that consisted of six persons who discussed prominent issues affecting teachers today.
The collection of applications for the award, which began on Monday, will last up till July 7. Applications will be subjected to intense judging process, after which all state winners and champions will be celebrated and rewarded in a grand ceremony on October 12, 2017, in commemoration of the world Teachers Day.
Each state champion will get N500,000 and top 10 teachers will be recognised. The second and first runners-up will receive trophies and an additional N750,000 and N1 million respectively. Maltina Teacher of the Year 2017 will get an additional N1 million instantly, plus N1 million every year for the next five years, a development training opportunity abroad and a block of classroom built in the school where he or she teaches, Ekanem disclosed to the delight of everyone present.