Committed to keeping to its brand promise of advancing the educational outcome of the Nigerian Child by enhancing teaching quality, Meadow Hall Foundation, a subsidiary of Meadow Hall Group, rewarded three inspirational teachers in Lagos State in the just concluded Inspirational Educator Awards 2017. The annual, prestigious Inspirational Educator Awards (INSEA) is a merit- based award aimed at elevating the teaching profession and motivating school teachers and educational leaders to continue to strive for excellence in the profession. The Award is divided into two categories; The Inspirational School Leader of the Year Award and The Inspirational Teacher of the Year Award.
Mrs. Kemi Adewoye, head of Meadow Hall Foundation, who gave the inspirational stories of the winners, said, “We found inspirational stories of innovative educators who despite difficult circumstances, are working hard to improve children’s access to quality education”.
According to her, “one of the inspirational educators, Mrs. Oluremi Tanimola has been teaching for over 26 years, and she is technologically savvy and most importantly has retained her passion for education. Another inspirational educator, Ms. Odueke Abiodun has taken her passion for the total development of the Nigerian child beyond the 4 walls of her classroom to her community where she teaches secondary school drop-outs from her school and neighbouring schools about values/character education, and connects them to mentors and vocational trainers who help them acquire skills. Mr. Tolulope Odunsanya, one of our inspirational educators, was shaped by a mentor and is now inspiring other teachers to be passionate and innovative just as he”.
She continued, “There are inspirational stories all over Nigeria. This platform is to bring out the stories and inspire teachers to do more. The Inspirational Educator Awards for 2017 was opened to only educators in Lagos State. However, the award will be open to all teachers in Nigeria as from 2018. The need to advocate for the teaching profession and to inspire teachers to do more led to this award”.
Mrs. Oluremi Tanimola emerged the winner of the Inspirational School Leader of the year and was rewarded with a ₦2,000,000.00 cash award. Ms. Odueke Abiodun was the winner of the Inspirational Teacher of the year and was rewarded with a ₦1,000,000.00 cash award while Mr. Tolulope Odunsanya emerged first runner-up of the Inspirational Teacher of the year and was rewarded with a ₦500,000.00 cash award.
Vice Chairman of the Meadow Hall Foundation Board, Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo while presenting the cheques to the winners at the well attended awards night held at Harbour Point, Lagos, admonished them to continue to strive for excellence in their teaching profession and to join Meadow Hall Foundation’s Ambassadorial team to advocate for quality education at all levels.
The winner of the ₦2, 000,000.00 cash award, Mrs. Oluremi Tanimola while addressing journalists on behalf of other recipients, stated, “I am a team player, self-motivated and always learning something new. These coupled with my ICT knowledge made the difference. The desires to learn and do things differently are secrets of my outstanding performance”. She advised all teachers to always learn from their fellow teachers, be self-motivated, and ensure continuous improvement/personal development.
The three winners were thrilled and full of appreciation to Meadow Hall, their students, fellow teachers, school management and Lagos State Government for providing an opportunity to share their inspirational stories. They specially thanked Meadow Hall Foundation for their commitment, transparency and flawless process in selecting the winners of the Inspirational Educator Awards and keeping to their brand promise. According to Mr. Tolulope Odunsanya, the 1st runner up, “lots of people think rewards of teachers are in heaven only but Meadow Hall Foundation has rewarded us while on earth”.
In recognition of her immense contribution to quality education, Meadow Hall Foundation presented the “Education Champion Award”to Her Excellency, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule, Deputy Governor, Lagos State at the event. Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Deputy Governor’s Office, Mrs. Yetunde Odejayi thanked Meadow Hall Foundation for the award and promised to continue to do more in enhancing quality and accessible education for all Lagosians. The night was filled with awards and recognitions to key personalities who have contributed immensely to the development of education, as Meadow Hall Group is committed to using education as a tool for societal transformation.
As part of her 15th year anniversary celebrations, Meadow Hall Group also celebrated members of staff who are committed to the organization by displaying their exemplary service and loyalty since Meadow Hall’s inception in 2002. Engr. Ibikunle Ogunbayo, Chairman Advisory Board of Meadow Hall Group presented the long service awards to the following deserving members of staff; Mr. Taju Popoola, Mrs. Victoria Ikpe, Mrs. Akpan, Mrs. Delphine Nnakwe and Ms. Rita Ekpenyong. Mr. Taju Popoola, on behalf of other recipients of the award, said Meadow Hall Group gives staff the opportunity for continuous learning in a harmonious working environment. He thanked management for the recognition and pledged for more commitment to the services of the organization.