A teacher at the Aburi Girls’ Senior High School in the Eastern Region, Mrs Theodosia Larteley Oppong, made Ghana proud when she became one of the awardees at the second edition of the AU continental Teacher Award Prize.
The AU Continental Teacher Award was opened to all African States.
They were tasked to submit applications of two outstanding teachers at the secondary level; male and female.
The teachers were further shortlisted to 10 teachers with the top six being selected and awarded certificates and $10,000 each.
The teachers were awarded for their commitment to quality teaching, encouraging desirable behaviours among students, engaging in activities and networks that enhanced the social and cultural value of learning and helping students achieve their long-term career goals by organising engagement with relevant agencies.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Commissioner for Human Resource Science and Technology, Prof Sarah Anyang Agbor, noted that the teacher prize was an important and valuable instrument that contributed to the success of Agenda 2063.
In addition, she said, it contributed to the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA) to enhance visibility and status of the teacher in Africa at all levels from early childhood to tertiary levels, including technical vocational education and training (TVET) and the promotion of teaching as a first choice profession.
The ceremony was hosted on the theme “Schools as development hubs to empower teachers after COVID-19 ”.
It was hosted by the AU Education Commission.
The AU Teacher Prize will raise the status of the teaching profession and the teacher, and inspire the best possible candidates to join the teaching profession and further serve as a catalyst for similar programmes at regional and national levels.