The Nigeria Breweries-Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund is excited to announce the opening of entries for the 9th edition of the highly anticipated Maltina Teacher of the Year competition. This nationwide search for the best secondary school teacher aims to recognize and reward exceptional educators who are shaping the future of our country.
Entries for the competition opened on Thursday, May 25, 2023, and will close on Friday, July 21, 2023.
Speaking at the flag off ceremony, Mr. Uaboi Agbebaku, Company Secretary/Legal Director of Nigerian Breweries Plc, emphasized the fundamental role teachers play in shaping the lives of their students. He stated that the competition’s aim is to reward their efforts and inspire them to continue making a positive impact.
Agbebaku disclosed that AirPeace and Stanbic IBTC Bank are now on board as co-sponsors of the competition “As you may already know, this is the 9th edition of the Maltina Teacher of the Year Competition, but unlike the previous editions where the Nigeria Breweries-Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund was the sole sponsor, we are delighted to announce that this year, we have commenced opening up potential partnerships with reputable and progressive companies who share in our vision an mission for the initiatives” he said.
In her remarks, the Corporate Affairs Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mrs Sade Morgan, stated that all secondary teachers in both public and private schools are encouraged to participate in the 9th edition of the Maltina Teacher of the Year competition.
She highlighted the competition’s immense impact on teachers, as it has ignited a newfound passion and commitment to exceptional teaching among educators.
“There is no doubt that this competition has done a lot to lift the spirit of Nigerian teachers. In the last eight years, we have succeeded in providing a new narrative for the teaching profession in Nigeria. Our teachers are now proud to be associated with teaching, and we are encouraging the next generation of teachers to be passionate about the profession,” she said.
Speaking on the prizes, she disclosed that that the overall winner for the 2023 edition would receive a total cash prize of 6.5 million Naira, a trophy and a capacity development training opportunity. He added that the winner’s school would receive either a computer laboratory or a block of classrooms.
“The first runner-up of the competition to receive a total sum of 1,500,000 Naira, a trophy, while the second runner-up receives a total of 1,250,000 Naira and a trophy. All state champions will be rewarded with recognition plaques and a cash prize of Five Hundred Thousand Naira each”, she added.
Goodwill messages of support were delivered by representatives of the corporate partners (Air Peace and Stanbic IBTC) and key stakeholders in the education sector, such as representatives of the Federal and State Ministry of Education, the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), and the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).
Speaking at the event, the Head of Corporate Communications, Air Peace, Mr. Stanley Olisa, said they are delighted to partner Nigerian Breweries Plc on this laudable initiative to reward and celebrate teachers to achieve better impact in the classrooms. He further pledged the commitment of Air Peace to continue to support the Maltina Teacher of the Year competition
Also, the representative of Stanbic IBTC Bank, the Head, Consumer Sector/Client Coverage, Mrs. Nnenna Okoro commended Nigerian Breweries and the Felix Ohiwerei foundation for remaining committed to the initiative, and this is one of the ways through which the bank continues to celebrate and promote the noble profession of teaching.
The Maltina Teacher of the Year competition was established in 2015 and funded through the Nigerian Breweries-Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund, which was set up in 1994 to facilitate an active contribution to the development of the education sector in Nigeria in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal, SDG No.4.
In 2015, Nigerian Breweries-Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund introduced the Maltina Teacher of the Year, a national competition, to identify, honour and reward outstanding teachers in Nigeria.
Maltina Teacher of the Year is proudly endorsed by the Federal Ministry of Education and other education stakeholders including the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPPS) and Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).
The Nigerian Breweries-Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund was set up in 1994 with a startup capital of 100 million Naira to enable sustained quality education through structured intervention in the sector.
The Fund has footprints across the six geographical zones in Nigeria at primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education. Through the Fund, NB Plc has constructed and furnished over 400 classrooms, sanitary facilities and libraries in 74 communities across the country. The Fund has also granted scholarships to deserving students in tertiary institutions
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