The CSR/Sustainability Manager of Nigerian Breweries Plc, Emete Tonukari has disclosed why the organization has given a new deadline for teachers across the country to submit their entries for the Maltina Teacher-of-the-Year Awards. According to her, the deadline for submission of entries is now Friday, July 24th, 2015; a three-week extension from its earlier June 30th deadline.
Emete, who fielded questions from journalists in Lagos on Friday, explained that the initiators of the innovative awards aimed at rewarding exceptional teachers in Nigeria decided to extend the deadline to allow more teachers from different parts of the country submit their entries.
“We decided to consider the requests of teachers across the country who are asking for the extension in 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 as possible to participate,” she said.
Maltina Teacher-of-the-Year Award will make a millionaire out of Nigerian teachers as the national winner of the award will get one million naira and another one million naira to be paid into his account annually for five years. He will also be sent abroad for training by the company. The runner-up will take one million naira, while the second runner-up gets seven hundred and fifty thousand naira. The state winners from 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT will be given five hundred thousand naira each. The school that produces the national winner will also become a beneficiary of infrastructural development and projects running into about 25 million naira.
The award, done on the platform of Nigerian Breweries-Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund, is aimed at restoring the pride of teachers and the dignity of the teaching profession. It was launched by Maltina, Nigeria’s number one non-alcoholic malt brand on May 20th, 2015 and has generated an unprecedented interest from teachers across the country. Reports from collation centres of the Maltina Teacher-of-the-Year awards across the country indicate that hundreds of secondary school teachers are enthusiastically submitting entries for the coveted award.
Emete added that the project is a CRS project for teachers to make the teaching profession aspirational. “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. Also, she enjoined teachers who have issues with collection and submission of forms to seek assistance either by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01-2717419 for further enquiries.
Emete disclosed that all applications will be subjected to an intense selection and judging process by an external and independent panel of judges which has been constituted to ensure transparency, credibility and objectivity of the exercise. The 5-step evaluation process of the entries received, he noted, will result in 37 state and FCT champions, from among which the Maltina Teacher- of- the- 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, “ Kufre said, adding that the objective of the award is to create an avenue where exceptional teachers will be showcased and rewarded annually and continuously.
Ohiwerei is the first indigenous Chairman of the leading beverage conglomerate which has been operating in the country since 1946. The Trust Fund was established in 1994, with a seed capital of N100 million, to contribute to the development of educational sector in the country.
Over the years, the company has used the fund to assist over 20,000 students, built 250 classrooms and 22 libraries in both primary and secondary schools across 49 communities in the country.