By Rukayat Adeyemi/Adebola Adegoke
Lagos – A technology firm, Ipotrac Nigeria Ltd., has entrusted N1 million grant with the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Lagos chapter to be awarded to the Best Teacher at the end of the year.
The NAPPS chapter President, Mr Wasiu Adumadeyin, who made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos, said the grant should be awarded to the best teacher during it’s annual banquet in December.
“We are partnering with Iprotrac with the aim of using technology to foster education and improve the ability and welfare of our members.
“The new thing in the world today is technology-driven education and we intend to have a paradigm shift from the conventional education system and use technology to enhance education,” he said.
Adumadeyin said the gesture extended to the teachers was geared towards recognising, celebrating and motivating their hardwork.
“What we are emphasising is the importance of teachers because they are the least celebrated professionals in the society.
“ That is why we decided to celebrate them, especially those who have done exceptionally well and have earned themselves awards and prizes, ” he said.
The Project Team Manager, Ipotrac,Mrs Ranti Okewole, also told NAN that the firm partnered with NAPPS because it is a reliable platform to reach out to school and teachers en masse.
Okewole said the grant was entrusted with the association to be awarded to the best teacher in a bid to empower teachers and improve their well being.
She said the firm was into a Talent Centre project running across 13 countries in Africa to use technology as a tool to improve learning outcome.
According to her, the firm has been organising ICT training for schools to connect the teachers and learners in the community of learners to promote continuous flow of knowledge.
“We believe that every child irrespective of its socio-economic background should have access to the best resources and learning environment by bringing the best technology to improve learning in our society.
“We urge schools to key into the partnership by offering their teachers for the training to enhance advanced technology teaching method to the learner,” she said.
NAN reports that three member teachers of the association bagged the award of Best Teachers in Lagos State under the auspices of the association at the 2018 NAPPS Day on Oct. 12.
Mrs Latifat Odewande of Gold Finger Schools in Alimosho District emerged overall best, following a raffle draw between best teachers in the 20 local government areas of the state.
The draw was organised by the association to commemorate the 2018 NAPPS Day.
The theme of the event is: “Re-engineering Nigeria’s Education System for Effective Nation Building.
Mr Oluwafemi Isaac of Latrash Private Schools, Lagos Island, bagged the second position while Mrs Emelda Onya of Sunny Victory Schools, Oshodi-Isolo district came third.
Odewande won a deep freezer as first prize, while Isaac and Onya got different sizes of standing fans.