The Lagos state ministry of education has officially announced the Teachers’ Merit Award program for the Year 2020. The announcement was officially made during a press conference at the office of the commissioner for education on 16th of December 2020.
The conference had in attendance the commissioner for education, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo, and the eight-man committee led by, Mrs Lai koiki (Greensprings School), Mrs Yinka Ogunde (Edumark Consult), Mrs Funke Fowler-Amba (Vivian Fowler College), Bolaji Olagunju, Ms Oyin Egbeyemi (The Foreshore School), Mrs Sherifat Ogboye, retired director of education, Abis Obasanya (Arc-Light Foundation) and Adebisi Adetutu ( Eco bank).
The commissioner for education, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo in her keynote address stated that the award is going to be a very fair and transparent process and in order to achieve this, a number of distinguished educators and industry leaders from the private sector have been selected to judge the entries.
She further stated that teaching profession is a sacrificial one and it is the mother of all professions. This she said is very important to the development of our society.
The commissioner urged public-school teachers to apply for the award.
She also advised that teachers should understand that the profession is not for those who do not have a job, but for those who are passionate and skilled about the profession.
The chairman of the committee, Mrs Lai koiki in her opening remarks stated that “This year’s event is very special because of the peculiarities of the global challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic challenged the CAN-DO spirit, resilience and creativity of teachers and leaders as they tried to minimize the learning loss in their students, and that’s part of what makes this year’s award special”
“Education is the bedrock of development in any society, and the Lagos state government has made a huge investment in education especially leveraging on technology and providing an enabling environment for learning” She stated.
She applauded the ministry of education under the leadership of the commissioner of education Mrs Folashade Adefisayo who has continued to be a trailblazer.
According to Mrs Funke Fowler-Amba, a member of the committee, teachers are unique and they must be celebrated for all the great things they have done.
She concluded by saying, “nobody can be anybody without teachers today. It is very important to celebrate the teachers in our society.”
The mode of application will be online, to start the process click on the link http://lagosstateteacherawards.ng/
This Portal for application will be opened on Monday, 21st of December 2020.