The National Teaching Council (NTC) recently held the first session of the Ghana Teacher Prize Awards, a prestigious event aimed at recognizing and supporting educators while addressing the global imperative of reversing teacher shortages.
The event, which took place on October 3rd, was held at Akroma Plaza.
The overarching theme of the event was "The Teachers We Need for the Education We Want: The Global Imperative to Reverse the Teacher Shortage."
To set the tone for the event, GSTS and Ahantaman Girls School's bands performed melodious instrumentals, creating an atmosphere of anticipation and celebration.
Rev. Dr. Obeng, the headmaster of GSTS, delivered the opening prayer, invoking blessings on the event and its attendees.
Dr. Christian Addai-Poku, a registrar from NTC, welcomed the participants and highlighted the alarming teacher shortage issue. He noted that nearly 30 teachers had left a certain school since January of the previous year.
Dr. Addai-Poku also celebrated Ghana's achievement of having some of the best teachers globally in the past five years, reflecting the nation's commitment to quality education.
Mr. Prosper Nyavor conveyed a message on behalf of Mr. Abdurahamane Diallo, a UNESCO representative.
He commended the government for organizing the event to support and recognize teachers, emphasizing UNESCO's commitment to assisting the government in promoting teaching excellence.
Mr. Nyavor also encouraged attendees to explore the Western Region's tourist attractions.
Nana Kobina Nketsiah, the Esikado Omanhene, and the event Chairman, delivered a brief address, stressing the cultural importance of knowledge and urging everyone to work diligently, much like ants do.
Representatives from UNICEF and T-TEL (Transforming Teacher Education and Learning) delivered fraternal messages. They expressed their dedication to supporting Ghana's education system and emphasized the vital role of teachers in the country's development.
At 10:48 a.m., students from Baidoo Bonso Senior High School presented a captivating cultural display, featuring traditional dances and drum performances.
Two young girls recited a poem that celebrated the Western Region's tourist attractions, personalities, and cultural activities.
The Regional Minister underscored the importance of teachers in shaping the nation's future. He emphasized that education is the key to freedom and acknowledged schools in the region that support the government's food provision programs through farming activities.
Professor Andy Ofori Birikorang from the University of Education, Winneba, delivered the keynote address. He emphasized that teachers are responsible for the well-being of society and play a crucial role in nurturing future leaders.
He elaborated on three key points: the desired education, the teachers needed for that education, and the imperative to address teacher shortages.
Madam Gifty Twum Ampofo, Deputy Minister for Education, highlighted the profound impact of teachers on the nation. She called for a deep appreciation of the invaluable contributions teachers make to the country's development.
In summary, the first session of the Ghana Teacher Prize Awards was marked by insightful speeches, cultural displays, and a commitment to addressing teacher shortages while recognizing the vital role of educators in shaping Ghana's future.
As the event continued, it was clear that Ghana is dedicated to promoting excellence in education and supporting its teachers in their crucial mission.