Hundred and two teachers across the ten regions of the country have been honoured by His Royal Majesty, King of the Ashanti Kingdom, Otumfour Osei Tutu II at the Manhyia Palace.
The ceremony, christened ‘Otumfour Teachers Awards’ was instigated in 2011 has since its inception honoured quite a number of teachers who in diverse ways are contributing immensely towards the development of education across the country.
The 5th edition of the Otumfour Teachers Awards which brought together chiefs, heads of various departments, teachers as well as students and the general public was instituted to honour teachers across the country with the aim of advancing teaching and learning in deprived communities of the country.
Several dignitaries were present including the Ashanti Regional Minister, Peter Anarfi Mensah, the Mayor of Kumasi, Kojo Bonsu, Ashanti Regional Police Commander, DCOP Nathan Kofi Boakye as well as chiefs from across the kingdom.
Managers and Directors of various companies partnering the initiative were also present and received awards for their contribution towards the sustainability of the program.
Otumfuo Shacking Hand with One Of the Award Winners
The Asantehene in his address commended teachers for their selfless and dedicated role towards improving the educational system in the country, most especially in the rural communities.
“It is of great pleasure to find teachers who are serving selflessly in deprived communities and even at instances of diminutive resources. This and many more are the issues that prompted such a colourful ceremony today.”
“We want this platform to serve as motivation and appreciation for all teachers to continue the good work done”. Otumfour added.
Nana also commended all stakeholders including the supporting institutions and individuals who have enhanced the initiative since its inception in 2011.
Price For One Of the Award Winners Selected From Voter Region Taking Home His Price
He further called for collaborated efforts from individuals and institutions who are not stakeholders to come on board to aid encourage teachers who are wholeheartedly contributing towards the progress of education in the country.
“I want to especially appreciate all stakeholders for their noble contributions that have sustained the initiative since 2011, on behalf of Nananom I want to commend you for your tireless effort towards the initiative”.
Ten teachers were selected from each region of the country, Brong Ahafo, Greater Accra, Volta, Upper East, Upper West, Northern, Western, Eastern, Central and Ashanti regions respectively.
Apart from the hundred teachers who received various measures of awards from the Royal Highness, two teachers, Daniel Kwame Peprah from Manso Nyamebekyere and Rosemond Danso were given fully catered-for trip to the United Kingdom for educational tour.
Some of the awardees in an interview with ghnewsnow, expressed delight for the honour done them by the Asantehene.
“In fact today is one of the greatest days in my life to be with Otumfour, and even to receive an award for something I was doing at a small village. In fact, the award received today has really given me another great booster to do even more for the children I teach and for the country at large.
I pray that God should continue to bless our King for us, to continue his great and hearty works for people like us”. Mr. Ernest Amoah Sarfo, Headmaster, Ahwia DA Primary School in the Kwabre East District of the Ashanti Region declared.