As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility(C.S.R), Diamond Bank Plc, a company quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has continued to contribute its quota to the development of the economy as it rewarded a group of teachers for excellence in their chosen profession as part of efforts to improve the quality of education and to serve as motivation.
The Bank, recently in Abuja empowered the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) by enlightening them on how to carry on their businesses as well providing the necessary financial options available to them.
Diamond Bank, one of the major sponsors of the award ceremony decided to partner with the Inoyo Toro Foundation after identifying it as a credible organization already working in the field of education. The Bank which was represented by Charles Udoh, Dead of Corporate Communications said it was part of its strategy towards creating a better future for the younger ones in the country.
“Hopefully, this is the beginning of the bank’s commitment to improve the quality of education in line with its Corporate Social Responsibility in giving back to the society.
“We believe that because we care for the future of great country, we seek to inculcate saving culture in out kids through our special saving scheme,’’ he said.
Udoh believes that by sponsoring the event in partnership with the foundation, teachers were being given their reward here on earth and by so doing giving hope to them. He said there were plans to extent the award to other parts of the country.
Meanwhile, for Irene Essien, a school teacher in Akwa Ibom State, the reward for excellence in her chosen profession came while she was on earth. This is contrary to the popular belief that teachers’ rewards are reserved for them in Heaven. An English teacher in one of the public schools in Akwa Ibom State, Ironbar got her reward when she smiled home with a cash prize of N250,000 after emerging the first place winner in the English Language category.
It was the third teachers’ award for excellence organized by Inoyo Toro Foundation, a Non Government Organisation (NGO) committed to improving the quality of education and encouraging teachers of Science, Mathematics and English Language in public secondary schools.
The NGO through the annual award for excellence programme hopes to create awareness for the study of sciences and related professional courses, promote healthy and positive competition and by so doing, supplement Government’s efforts in educational development in the state.
Irene, was not the only beneficiary of the scheme. She was one of the fourteen teachers who won awards during the ceremony after a ‘rigorous and transparent’ selection process at the event which took place on November 12, 2010.
Her colleagues also received awards in other subjects including Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Each subject had three winners with the first prize winner receiving N250,000, the second N150,000 and the third N100,000.
It was no surprise that this worthy endeavour by the Inoyo Toro Foundation received the backing of many sponsors including ExxonMobil, Diamong and Le Meridien Hotel and Golf Resort.
Other sponsors that have come to identify with the vision of the foundation include Addax Petroleum, Fovak Nigeria Limited, Accenture and Bank PHB. The list also includes Imoh Boniface and Delta Afrik Charitable Foundation.
Welcoming the awardees, students, teachers dignitaries to the “great assembly,” the Chairman of the award committee, Ebong Mbipom, a professor of Geophysics at the University of Calabar urged the teachers to continue to read and think of ways of improving their skills”.