Four companies have donated various items worth thousands of Ghana cedis to the Ministry of Education towards this year’s National Best Teachers’ and the National Best Schools awards.
The companies are EPP Books Services, SICLife, Metropolitan Insurance Company Ltd and VIDYA Book Store.
EPP Books Services donated a saloon car worth $22,000 for the second runner-up, while SICLife donated a package worth GH¢200,000 made up of a life insurance cover for the first three winners, with a GH¢50,000 cover for the overall best; GH¢30,000 for the first runner-up and GH¢20,000 for the second runner-up.
SICLife also presented 250 Polo shirts, 200 T-shirts, 50 caps, 22 fridges, 2,000 exercise books and 500 notebooks.
The Metropolitan Insurance Company presented 36 pieces each of four-burner gas stoves, gas cylinders, stoves and regulators. In addition, the company is printing 300 branded Polo T-shirts totalling GH¢60,000.
Celebration of heroes
Addressing the sponsors before the donation, the Deputy Minister in charge of SHS and TVET, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, commended them for their loyalty towards the event.
“We are very grateful to you that you are joining us in our efforts to help transform education in this country.
“You are joining us in our efforts to celebrate the heroes of this country, who are our teachers, who are dedicated and who are making every effort to ensure that our children would get better quality education,” he told the sponsors.
He expressed hope that the awards would be given to those teachers who really devoted their time and energy, and defied all challenges to help children acquire education.
Dr Adutwum said the country appreciated teachers for what they did daily, adding that governments sought to motivate teachers to do their best.
“If you do not have motivated teachers, you cannot transform your nation’s schools. We are grateful to our teachers, who have made us who we are today,” he said.
Corporate social responsibility
After the donation, the Head of Public Relations of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Rev. Jonathan Bettey, said the Director-General of the GES, Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, was grateful to the sponsors for their generous donation and appealed to others to support the celebration as their corporate social responsibility.