The Federal Ministry of Education and Nigerian Breweries have agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise their partnership in the annual Maltina Teacher of the Year Award..
The agreement was reached when a delegation from Nigerian Breweries paid a courtesy call to the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah, on Tuesday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the delegation was led by Mr Victor Famuyibo, Nigerian Breweries’ Human Resources Director.
Famuyibo said that the Maltina Teacher of the Year Award was conceived to give back to society as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility.
He said that submission of entries for the 2016 competition had been concluded while the grand finale would hold on Oct. 20.
According to him, each state champion will get N500, 000 and the top 10 teachers will be recognised before the final winners are announced.
“The Maltina Teacher of the Year 2016 will get an additional N1million instantly plus N1million every year for the next five years.
“A development training opportunity abroad and a block of classrooms will be built at the school where he/she teaches.
“We have been in business in this country for 70 years and we know that a business that does not give back to society is not a successful business.
“Within the confines of our corporate social responsibility as a company, we do a lot; we play in the health area, sports, education all in a bid to give back to society.
“There is something even more critical for education to survive and that is the teacher; we need to celebrate them,’’ he said.
Famuyibo said that the MoU requested by the company was to make formal the relationship it had enjoyed with the ministry.
He said that Nigerian Breweries had assisted over 20,000 students; built over 250 classrooms and 22 libraries in both primary and secondary schools across 49 communities in the country.
Responding, Awukah said that he was gladdened that the company was willing to lend a helping hand to the task of promoting education in Nigeria.
He said that the award was a commendable way of motivating teachers.
He, therefore, directed the relevant department to quickly work out the MoU in order to have a defined platform for collaboration.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Maltina Teacher of the Year initiative is aimed at recognising and celebrating exceptional teachers in Nigeria and initiative is open to teachers in all secondary schools across the country.
Champions from each state of the federation and the FCT will compete at the grand finale, where the overall winner will emerge.