‘Take Advantage of Maltina Teacher of Year’, Fed Min of Education Charges Teachers
The Federal Ministry of Education has enjoined teachers across the country to avail themselves, the opportunity offered by the Maltina Teacher of the Year Project to advance their career development and also to enhance the
teaching profession in Nigeria. Speaking during the visit of Nigerian Breweries Plc. management team to the Ministry in Abuja recently, Dr. MacJohn Nwaobiala, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education stated that the Ministry is happy with Nigerian Breweries Plc. for initiating such a laudable project at this time in the nation’s history.
“We commend Nigerian Breweries Plc., for introducing Maltina Teacher of Year, a reward programme that seeks to recognise, reward and train Nigerian teachers. It is our hope that this effort by Nigerian Breweries will encourage other corporate organisations to identify and support the Ministry’s programmes geared towards development of the education sector in Nigeria,” he said.
Dr. Nwaobiala, who welcomed the Nigerian Breweries Management team led by Mr. Kufre Ekanem to the Ministry as part of sensitization efforts for the Maltina Teacher of the Year project added that “the Maltina Teacher of the
Year programme because it aligns perfectly with our vision to bring back the glory days when teaching was a respectable profession and people took pride in teaching. We all must join hands to bring dignity and prestige to
teachers if we want to see improvement in our education system,” he said.
He pledged the Ministry’s support to ensure the success of the programme. He called on teachers nationwide to take advantage of the Maltina Teacher of Year to improve their career development and teaching practice in general.
The Maltina Teacher-of-the-Year, launched in May, is set to splash over N50 million on Nigerian teachers. The winner of the coveted award will get one million naira cash upon his/her emergence at the finals while one million
naira to be paid into his/her account annually in the next five years. The Teacher of the Year will also be sent abroad for training by the company. The 1st runner-up will take home one million naira, while the second runner-up gets seven hundred and fifty thousand naira. Winners from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT will be given five hundred thousand naira each. The school that produces the national winner will also become a beneficiary of infrastructural development projects.
The award initiated by Nigerian Breweries-Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund, is aimed at restoring the pride of teachers and the dignity of the teaching profession. The award has generated an unprecedented interest from
teachers across the country. Reports from collation centres across the country indicate that hundreds of secondary school teachers are enthusiastically submitting entries for the coveted award.
According to Emete Tonukari, the CSR/Sustainability Manager of Nigerian Breweries Plc. all applications will be subjected to intense selection and judging process by an external and independent panel of judges which has
been constituted to ensure transparency, credibility and objectivity of the exercise. The 5-step evaluation process of the entries received, she noted, will result in 36 states and FCT champions, from among which the Maltina
Teacher- of- the- Year will emerge.
The state champions and national winners will be celebrated in a grand ceremony on Monday, October 5, 2015, a day set aside by the United Nations to mark the World Teachers Day. “We hope that through this initiative, we can inspire the nation to accord our teachers their deserved credit and bring back respect to the teaching profession in Nigeria, “ Kufre said, adding that the objective of the award is to create an avenue where exceptional teachers will be showcased and rewarded annually and continuously.
Emete disclosed that deadline for entry for the award has been extended to Friday, July 24th, 2015 in response to teachers’ yearnings across the country. She advised interested teachers to download the application forms
from the Maltina website, www.maltina-nigeria.com and upload to the site or return via the company’s post office mail box at P.M.B. 12632, Marina, Lagos. Also, she enjoined teachers who have issues with collection and
submission of forms to seek assistance either by sending email to maltinateacheroftheyear@