Gold Fields Ghana Limited has honoured twenty-eight teachers in the Tarkwa-Nsuaem and Prestea Huni-valley municipalities for their hard work and contributions toward the improvement of education in their catchment areas.
The Gold Fields Ghana Foundation Teachers’ Awards Programme is aimed at improving quality education in the host communities, encourage best teaching practices in the public schools and attract the best teaching skills to the host communities.
The awards winners were selected from eleven schools in both Tarkwa-Nsuaem and Prestea Huni-valley where the company operates.
They received 43 inches LG SMART Television sets, small, medium and big sizes of deep freezer refrigerators and computers and printers for the best schools as their prizes.
Mr. Ebenezer Mensah of Aboso Glass Factory JHS emerged as the overall best headteacher. He was awarded with the big size of deep freezer refrigerator as his prize.
The best school also went to St. Mary’s Anglican School with a prize of computer and a printer.
The Outstanding New Teacher awards went to Iddrisu Issa of Abekoase/Tebe M/A Basic School and Iddrisu Abdul Razak of Bompieso M/A JHS. The best Community/Nabco/National Service teacher awards went to Ayishatu Yakubu of Huniso M/A Basic School and Emmanuel Okyere of Damang R/C Basic School.
The best ICT teachers awards was given to Enock Nana Kwame Buabeng of Huniso M/A JHS and Evans Asiedu Kankam of Damang M/A Basic School. Miss Jemima Osei of Akoon St. Peter’s Anglican School and Ruth Eshun of Damang R/C Basic School was adjudged the best Ghanaian Language teachers in the two municipalities. Mr. Augustine Ganu of Aboso Glass Factory JHS was awarded the best French teacher.
The other winners were Mr. Augustus Etrue Sam of Huniso Methodist Basic School and Madam Veronica Dadzie of Aboso Methodist Basic School as the best Primary School teachers.
The best Science teacher awards was awarded to Anthony Owusu Amoah of Huniso/Pepesa M/A Basic and Emmanuel Ellis Ainoo Cudjoe of Huni-valley Methodist Basic School. Shadrack Kabu Tetteh of Huniso/Pepesa Basic School was adjudged the best English teachers. Whiles Madam Cynthia Adomaah Mensah of Gold Fields School Complex was adjudged the best KG teacher. Mr. Samuel Yakubu of Brahabebome M/A Basic School and Hillary Francis Kunorvi of Aboso Bosomtwe M/A JHS was awarded the best teacher JHS General.
The best BDT teacher was given to Lawson K. Agbeko of Gold Fields School Complex. And the best headteacher awards went to Madam Barbara Dorcas Fynn of Damang Catholic Basic School and Mr. Anthony Gyasi of Richard Graeme Basic School.
The Acting General Manager of Gold Fields Ghana Limited, Tarkwa Mine, Mr. Elliot Twum in his address at the awards ceremony said the Gold Fields Foundation Teachers’ Awards Scheme which was instituted in 2016 aimed at recognizing and promoting excellence in teaching. It is also intended to reward teachers in the company’s host community schools which continue to raise the standard of education.
He said the company, over the past three years, has awarded 93 teachers and four schools within its operational areas and has given awards with prizes such as laptops, computers, fridges, gas cookers and printers.
Apart from the teachers’ awards, Mr. Twum said the Gold Fields Ghana Foundation has supported teachers in several other ways. He added that between 2012 and 2015, the foundation topped up the monthly salaries of some 64 teachers in the host communities.
The foundation according to him has invested over 100 thousand Ghana cedis in this year’s teacher’s awards programme, which for the first time covers teachers within Tarkwa and Damang.
Gold Fields Foundation which was established in 2005 to fund development projects in the host communities has its focus mainly on education, health, agriculture, infrastructure as well as water and sanitation. However, education has over the years taken the largest share of host community investments.
Averagely, about 40 percent of the foundation’s budget was spent annually on the development of human capital with over 10.7 million dollars invested in education in the catchment areas over the past 14 years.
The Gyaasehene of Apinto Divisional Council, Nana Dr. Adarkwa Bediako III who was the chairman of the awards ceremony said the quality of the country’s education determines how the country can develop.
He commended Gold Fields Ghana Limited for investing in education to ensure the lives of the people within their operational communities are transformed.
The Western Regional Director of Education, Mr. Addo-Dankwa Akufo in a speech read on his behalf by the Municipal Director of Education of the Effia-Kwesimintsim Municipal Assembly, Mrs. Sally Nelly Coleman said nurturing children to pursue their dreams is one thing that need to be appreciated, adding that as teachers they need to build their capacity of spirit of enquiry, innovation, entrepreneurial skills, moral leadership, creative thinking among others. And more especially when this era of total paradigm shift in the education system is being experienced.
The regional education director stressed that the current teacher should be abreast with the policies, objectives, directives and to keep pace with times.
He urged the teachers to equip themselves with paradoxical skills and tools in delivery.
Mr. Akufo therefore indicated that teachers are pillars of anyone’s life as we believe that without pillars a building cannot stand.
The Municipal Chief Executive of Tarkwa-Nsuaem, Hon. Gilbert Kenneth Asmah in his address noted that the social intervention activities of Gold Fields Ghana Limited over the years goes beyond aid in education.
He emphasised that there has been tremendous improvement in the areas which includes but not limited to sanitation, health, agriculture, sports among others.
Mr. Asmah urged the mining giant to continue with its efforts to build the communities they operate and also appealed to the community members to live in harmony with the company to enable them benefit from such benevolence and become optimistic that the continuous stay in operations of the mining company will impact positively to the entire host communities.
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