Adeola Adefemi, a dedicated teacher from Lagos State, has emerged as the winner of this year’s prestigious African Union (AU) Continental Teacher Prize.
The announcement was made by Wodon Quentin, the Director of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) responsible for the International Institute of Capacity Building in Africa, as part of the celebration of Teachers’ Day.
This achievement comes just two weeks after two other Lagos teachers were shortlisted among the top 50 finalists for the Global Teacher Prize.
Adefemi, who is no stranger to recognition, teaches English Language at Keke Senior High School in Agege, falling under Lagos State’s Education District 1. She clinched the Best Teacher Prize in Lagos State last year and was honored and rewarded by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu with a brand-new SUV. Furthermore, in the same year, she won the Presidential Best Teacher Prize in Nigeria, receiving another SUV from the Federal Government.
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Adefemi’s dedication to education extended beyond national borders as she also secured the 2020 Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Award. In recognition of her outstanding contributions to education, she was presented with an award plaque, a certificate of recognition, and a cash prize of $10,000 for her exceptional performance.
It’s worth noting that, apart from Adefemi, only Olalekan Adeeko, a teacher from Ogun State, has previously won the AU Teacher Prize from Nigeria, achieving this milestone in 2020. The African Union Commission annually acknowledges a maximum of eight exceptional teachers from different regions of the continent, celebrating their commitment to delivering high-quality education in the classroom.
The AU Teacher Prize serves the crucial purpose of increasing the visibility and status of teachers across Africa at all educational levels. It aims to promote teaching as a respected profession, celebrate and encourage outstanding educators throughout the continent. The African Union emphasizes that the status of teachers in Africa is pivotal in realizing the Agenda 2063 vision for integration, peace, and prosperity on the continent. This award not only showcases respect for teachers and the teaching profession but also inspires the most qualified candidates to pursue careers in education.
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