With the launch of the 9th edition of the eagerly awaited “Maltina Teacher of the Year competition,” the Nigeria Breweries-Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund has started a statewide search for the greatest secondary school teacher.
The objective of the competition is to acknowledge and reward exceptional educators who are playing a vital role in shaping the future of our nation.
The competition’s entry period commenced on Thursday, May 25, 2023, and will conclude on Friday, July 21, 2023.
Eligible teachers who wish to participate can visit the dedicated website at www.maltinateacheroftheyear.com to complete the online entry form. Alternatively, they can download the form, fill it out, scan it, and email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the flag-off ceremony, Mr. Uaboi Agbebaku, the Company Secretary/Legal Director of Nigerian Breweries Plc, emphasized the crucial role that teachers play in shaping the lives of their students. He stated that the competition aims to recognize their efforts and inspire them to continue making a positive impact. Agbebaku announced that AirPeace and Stanbic IBTC Bank have joined as co-sponsors of the competition, expanding the potential partnerships to reputable companies who share the vision and mission of the initiative.
Mrs. Sade Morgan, the Corporate Affairs Director of Nigerian Breweries Plc, encouraged all secondary school teachers, both from public and private schools, to participate in the 9th edition of the Maltina Teacher of the Year competition. She highlighted the significant impact of the competition on teachers, noting that it has sparked a renewed passion and dedication to exceptional teaching among educators. Over the past eight years, the competition has transformed the perception of the teaching profession in Nigeria, with teachers now taking pride in their association with the profession.
Regarding the prizes, Mrs. Morgan revealed that the overall winner of the 2023 edition will receive a total cash prize of 6.5 million Naira, a trophy, and a capacity development training opportunity. Additionally, the winner’s school will receive either a computer laboratory or a block of classrooms. The first runner-up will receive a total cash prize of 1,500,000 Naira and a trophy, while the second runner-up will receive a total cash prize of 1,250,000 Naira and a trophy. All state champions will be honored with recognition plaques and a cash prize of Five Hundred Thousand Naira each.
Goodwill messages of support were delivered by representatives of the corporate partners, Air Peace and Stanbic IBTC, as well as key stakeholders in the education sector, including representatives from the Federal and State Ministries of Education, the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), the All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), and the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).
Mr. Stanley Olisa, the Head of Corporate Communications at Air Peace, expressed delight in partnering with Nigerian Breweries Plc on this commendable initiative to reward and celebrate teachers, aiming to achieve a more significant impact in classrooms. He assured Air Peace’s continued support for the Maltina Teacher of the Year competition.
Mrs. Nnenna Okoro, the representative of Stanbic IBTC Bank, Head of Consumer Sector/Client Coverage, commended Nigerian Breweries and the Felix Ohiwerei Foundation for their unwavering commitment to the initiative. She acknowledged that this partnership aligns with the bank’s dedication to celebrating and promoting the noble profession of teaching.
The Maltina Teacher of the Year competition was established in 2015 and is funded through the Nigerian Breweries-Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund. The trust fund was established in 1994 to contribute actively to the development of the education sector in Nigeria, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal, SDG No.4.