Goldfields Ghana Limited (GGL) Tarkwa mines has awarded 30 teachers in Tarkwa Nsuaem and Prestea Huni/Valley constituencies, for their hard work and contribution towards the improvement of education in their operational area.
The award winners, who were selected from GGL’s catchment communities, comprise of 11 schools.
They received, 32 and 40 inches plasma television sets, deep freezer, refrigerators, gas cooker with oven, sets of jerseys and footballs, double door refrigerators, laptop computers and blenders as their prizes.
Madam Martha Mensah and Mr Stephen Apedo of Akoon Saint Peter’s Anglican School won the best mathematics and head teachers’ award.
The outstanding teachers for upper primary, lower primary, nursery, English language, science, basic design and technology and the head teacher runner-up went to Madam Theresa Nimo-Manu, Cecilia Gado, Millicent Barnes, Doris Nyamadi, Madam Perpetual Bosomprah, Mr Lawson Agbeko and Mrs Agnes Aziliko respectively, all from the Goldfields School Complex.
The best teacher in remote area went to Madam Rosemary Andoh of Huniso District Assembly School, while Mr Lawrence Amoaful of New Atuabo Municipal Assembly Junior High School won the best teacher in Information Communication Technology.
Akoon Saint Peter’s Anglican School obtained the overall best school award for 2016 and received a desktop computer and printer.
The acting General Manager of GGL Tarkwa, Mr George Hagan, said in 2012, the Goldfields Ghana Foundation introduced a pilot support scheme for teachers in two of their host communities as a form of motivation.
He said in 2015 alone, the fund spent $33,510.5 US, on 64 teachers from two schools and that, about 181 teachers who were equally working hard even in more difficult conditions were not catered for.
According to Mr Hagan, the previous support programme was reviewed and the company introduced the Gold Fields Foundation Teachers’ award to annually recognise and reward outstanding and innovative teachers from pre-school to Junior High School levels, who instill in their students skills and abilities to excel and teachers who made a difference in their school.
Mr Hagan noted that the Gold Field Foundation in 2016 spent $1,700,000 United States dollars, but about a third of this amount was invested in education.
He assured their host communities that the foundation would continue to support teachers to enable them acquire knowledge to contribute to national development.
The Deputy Municipal Education Director for Tarkwa Nsuaem, Mr. Daniel Amoah, commended GGF for instituting the award scheme, and advised teachers to give out their best to help sustain the programme.
Mr Amoah asked parents to channel most of their resources into the education of their children instead of spending on material things.
The Gyasehene of Apinto Divisional Council, Dr Nana Adarkwa Bediako II, congratulatedl the award winners, and urged them to let their performance reflect in the results of the Basic Education Certificate Examination. – GNA