Evidences had it that Nigerian Breweries Plc., since it resumed operation in Nigeria has exhibited resilience in human capital development, capacity building through its brands in Nigeria. These have also come in form of school competitions where teachers, students show stuff they are made of, which at the end of the day attract economic value, empowering families.
The company has as well been organising annual media awards worth millions to best writes of a chosen topics, to mention but a few. These competitions which cut across the states in Nigeria have improved the standard of living of many families. Again, it has improved the quality of training among teachers thereby improving the standard of education in the country.
This year, Nigerian Breweries is set to empower more teachers in the country as the awareness has attracted entries from 36 states including Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, for 2017 Maltina Teacher of the Year Competition.
The Corporate Affairs Adviser, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr. Kufre Ekanem, who disclosed this last week when the panel of judges met to commence assessment of the entries, said that over 300 valid entries were received, compared to 176 received in 2016. “All 36 states and the FCT will be up in battle for the third edition of the Maltina Teacher of the Year.
Although hundreds of entries were received, they were shortlisted and validated by the stringent project assessors after a thorough and painstaking scrutiny ahead of the assessment by the panel of judges. The panel of Judges, chaired by Prof. Pat Utomi also includes other distinguished members of the academia and one of Nigeria’s seasoned broadcaster”.
Ekanem said that that the valid entries will now be subjected to further scrutiny and thorough assessment process by the Panel of Judges to pick the state champions. From that, 10 best entries will thereafter be invited for another round of assessment where the panel will further subject the 10 finalists to rigorous scrutiny in order to determine the Maltina Teacher of the Year for 2017. On October 12, 2017, the winners will be announced and celebrated at a grand event in Lagos.
Like last year, the Maltina Teacher of the Year 2017 will receive N1 million instantly, plus N1 million every year for the next five years. The package also includes a developmental training opportunity abroad and a block of classrooms built at the school where the winner teaches.
The MTOTY initiative with prizes worth N50 million annually is executed on the platform of NB/Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund. The Trust Fund was established in 1994 to contribute to the development of the educational sector in the country. Over the years, the company has used the fund to assist over 20,000 students, built over 250 classrooms and 22 libraries in both primary and secondary schools across 49 communities in the country.