To further encourage them, an NGO, Hopegate Foundation, has rewarded three teachers for their contributions to academic excellence in Lagos State.
The Founder of the Hopegate Foundation, Mr. Olusina Akinyemi, enjoined teachers to seek knowledge on the 21st-century mode of teaching to be at pace with global standards.
He said the initiative was borne out of the passion to impact on the society. Akinyemi noted that the foundation engages in activities such as awards, training, and supply of equipment and teaching aids to improve the quality of service delivery of Nigeria teachers.
According to him, this would equally help to improve the learning opportunities for children who are the future leaders of the nation.
“This year’s focus is on teachers within Ilupeju Area of Mushin, Lagos State, while previous editions of the programme were targeted at teachers in public primary and secondary schools in Oshodi/Isolo Local Council Area.
“We chose to empower teachers because of their passion, cooperation, and dedication to their jobs as well as a commitment to the growth of the sector,” he said.
The outstanding teachers awards of the year went to Mrs. Mosumola Ajarat Adedeji, who won a prize of N500,000, followed by Mr. Olugbenga Ezekiel Adesoro with the sum of N200, 000 and Mrs. Aisha Adedoyinsola Rufai who also went home with N200,000 for their exemplary performance in the education sector in commemoration of the World Teachers’ Day.
Speaking at the awards day, which marks the founder’s 50th birthday and 20th marriage anniversary, the Permanent Secretary Lagos Teaching Service Commission, Mrs. Toyin Awoseyi, commended the gesture and encouraged Nigerians to imbibe such initiative in support of government’s effort.
She said: “One of the topmost priority of this present administration is how to reposition and rebrand Lagos State education sector to that of the 21st century.
Mrs. Adedeji, a Yoruba teacher in Ilupeju Junior Secondary School, urged the state government to promote the study of language subjects because it goes a long way in enhancing cultural values.
“Yoruba language is compulsory in Lagos state but the effect has not been fulfilled to that extent, I we want the government to come to our aid because it is as if this language is going into extinction. I want Yoruba language to be a compulsory subject for students in all government schools and private so that we will be able to promote our culture ”
A winner, Mr. Adesoro said he won the award due to the passion he has for his job and also the need to assist students mentally and emotionally to excel in their studies.
“I wasn’t expecting it, I did what I did for posterity. Thank God somebody somewhere decided to honor me, I am so grateful I wish this could continue so that other teachers will be honoured. Most teachers want to do better but there is no motivation nor encouragement”
He urged the government to encourage and motivate mathematics teachers because the subject takes extra effort and patience before students can grab it.