Lagos Teacher Wins African Union Continental Prize

The commission hinted that the award will not only serve as a means of demonstrating respect for teachers and the teaching professionals, but also raise their status.
Adeola Adefemi
Adeola AdefemiGuardian

Adeola Adefemi, a Lagos State teacher has won this year’s African Union(AU) Continental Teacher Prize.

This was announced by the Director of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in charge of International Institute of Capacity Building in Africa, Wodon Quentin, in celebration of this year’s teachers’ day.

Consequently, the news came barely two weeks after two Lagos teachers were shortlisted among top 50 finalists for the Global Teacher Prize.

Adefemi, a multiple award winner, teaches English Language at Keke Senior High School, Agege, under the state’s Education District 1.

She won the Best Teacher Prize in Lagos State last year and was celebrated and rewarded by Governor Babajide Sanwo- Olu, with a brand new SUV.

Again last year, she won the Presidential Best Teacher Prize in Nigeria and was given another SUV by the Federal Government.

Adefemi, who also won the 2020 Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Award, received an award plaque, a certificate of recognition and a cash prize of $10,000 for winning the award.

Only Olalekan Adeeko, a teacher in Ogun State, has so far won the AU Teacher Prize from Nigeria since it was instituted four years ago, and he won it in 2020.

The African Union Commission honored a maximum of eight teachers, found exemplary in service delivery in the classrooms from the various regions of the continent yearly.

According to AU, the award is aimed at enhancing the visibility and status of teachers in Africa at all levels, promoting teaching as a respected profession, celebrating and encouraging outstanding teachers across the continent.

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