Nigerian Breweries extended deadline for teachers across the country to submit entries for the Maltina Teacher- of-the-Year Awards. This was made known by Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)/Sustainability Manager of Nigerian Breweries Plc, Emete Tonukari in Lagos recently.
According to her, the deadline for submission of entries is now Friday, July 24th, against the earlier date of June 30th. Emete said the deadline for the submission was extended to allow more teachers from different parts of the country submit their entries, especially those from rural areas. “We decided to consider the requests of teachers across the country who are asking for the extension of deadline to enable them participate in the awards. It is their awards and we also want as more teachers that are willing to avail themselves of the opportunity to participate,” she said.
According to her, Maltina Teacherof- the-Year Award was designed to appreciate Nigerian teachers as the national winner will go home with one million naira, while one million naira will be paid into his/her account annually for five years. The national winner, she said will be sent abroad for training by Nigerian Breweries. The runner-up will take one million naira, while the second runnerup gets seven hundred and fifty thousand naira. The state winners in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, will get N500, 000 each.
She also stated that the school that produces the national winner would be a beneficiary of infrastructural development and projects worth N 25 million. According to her, the award, which is carried out on the platform of Nigerian Breweries-Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund, was aimed at restoring the pride of teachers and the dignity of the teaching profession in the country. “It is not a one-off thing or a sales promotion stunt.
It is a pure citizenship project to give back to the society,” she said. 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.
NB-CRS Manager enjoined teachers who have issues with collections and submissions of forms to seek assistance either through sending emails to maltinateacheroftheyear@ heineken.com or call 01-2717419 for further enquiries. According to her, applications will be subjected to an intense selection and judging process by an external and independent panel of judges that have 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 37 state and FCT champions, from among which the Maltina Teacher- ofthe- Year will emerge.
The state champions and national winner 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, she said. Meanwhile, Federal Ministry of Education has commended Nigerian Breweries Plc, for introducing Maltina Teacher of Year Award to reward and train outstanding Nigerian teachers.
According to the Ministry, the effort of Nigerian Breweries will encourage other corporate organisations to identify and support the Ministry’s programmes towards developing the sector. Speaking during a visit by team of Nigerian Breweries Plc, led by the Corporate Affairs Adviser Mr. Kufre Ekanem, to the Ministry during the weekend, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr. MacJohn Nwaobiala, said that the Ministry of Education was happy with Nigerian Breweries Plc for flagging off such a laudable project at this time in the nation’s history.
“I want to commend Nigerian Breweries plc for initiating the Maltina Teacher of the Year programme because it aligns with our vision to bring back the glorious days when teaching was a respectable profession and people took pride in teaching. We must join hands to bring the dignity and prestige to teachers, if we want to see improvement in our education system,” he said. Nawobiala pledged the Ministry’s support to ensure the success of the programme and called on teachers nationwide to take advantage of the Maltina Teacher of Year Award to improve their career development and teaching practice.