All is now set for the hosting of Inoyo Toro Foundation’s flagship programme, “Teachers’ Excellence Award Ceremony”, on Friday, November 5, 2021, in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
The programme which is slated to commence at 10 A.M. at Ibom e-Library Complex, IBB Way, Uyo, will have a total of 21 teachers and a principal celebrated and rewarded with cash prizes and excellence awards in various categories.
The Programme Manager, Inoyo Toro Foundation, Mrs. Imo Bassey, hinted that the subjects for this year’s prizes will include English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Economics and the award categories will include 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in each of the subjects plus the N500,000 Grand Mentor Prizes for each subject as well as the N500,000 Administration Excellence Prize to a secondary school principal.
The sponsors for specific subjects/award categories are: Savannah Energy (Grand Mentor Prizes), Hensek Integrated Services Limited (Physics, Chemistry and Biology), Mr. Aniekan Ukpanah (Mathematics), Mr. Boni Akpan, CEO, Boda Services (English Language), Anchor Insurance Limited (Economics) and Bassey Ukpong Udo’s Foundation (Principal’s Award).
According to Mrs. Imo Bassey, while Mr. Tony Okpanachi, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Development Bank of Nigeria PLC will be the Special Guest of Honour on the occasion, Dr. Emmanuel Abraham, Proprietor, Topfaith Schools and University, will serve as the Guest Speaker.
The teachers’ award ceremony is the last in the series of activities marking this year’s teaching excellence programme. To manage attendance at the public ceremony due to COVID 19 precautionary requirements, other activities such as trainings for teachers, mentorship sessions involving mentors and selected students in the adopted schools, were earlier held.
The 21 teachers and one principal whose names will on Friday, November 5, 2021 be etched on the 2021 teaching hall of fame, emerged after a rigorous, strictly merit-based, selection process where over 200 public secondary school teachers in Akwa Ibom State participated. It could be recalled that this year’s selection exercise witnessed the Foundation’s first transition from Paper-Based Test (PBT) to Computer-Based Test (CBT), with the adoption of ITF Online Exams, a customized, high-utility software solution locally developed by the University of Uyo’s International Centre for Energy and Environmental Sustainability Research (ICEESR).
The 2021 teaching excellence awards ceremony will be the 14th edition since the inception of the annual ceremony that seeks to promote quality education through recognition and rewards for secondary school teachers, mentorship for students and facility intervention support for public secondary schools in Akwa Ibom State.
In the last fourteen years, Inoyo Toro Foundation has remained consistent in the development of capacities in Akwa Ibom State, with beneficiaries cutting across various persons and spheres including teachers, students, schools, libraries, laboratories, lawyers, journalists, medical workers, techies, film makers, writers, actors and actresses, entrepreneurs, youths and women across various Akwa Ibom communities.
In the education sphere alone, the Foundation has before now celebrated and rewarded over 235 teachers and 3 principals, trained over 3,500 teachers, mentored over 5,040 students, and positively impacted over 90 schools in Akwa Ibom State.