The Foundation in line with its vision to improve the standard of education in Akwa Ibom state, using teachers as the focal point, instituted a Special Annual Award for the “Celebration of Excellence in Teaching”, of English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, History and Visual Arts in Akwa Ibom state public secondary schools.
To avoid interference and ensure credibility, an award committee separate from the board of trustees is set up by the Foundation to manage the entire selection and awards process. This committee performs its function in collaboration with the Akwa Ibom State Secondary Education Board.
Criteria for Selecting Award Winners
To choose winners for the awards, the Award Committee has put in place competitive, rigorous and transparent selection criteria:
Review and ranking of West African School Certificate (WASC) results for all public secondary schools in Akwa Ibom state for initial shortlisting
Review of the Senior Secondary 1, Senior Secondary 2 and Senior Secondary 3 students’ registration rate for the shortlisted schools
Visit to the schools to access and ascertain availability of laboratories, libraries, and the general school environment to authenticate the school’s performance in the West African School Certificate (WASC) examination
Input from the school principals, fellow teachers, and students of the selected teachers via questionnaires
Aptitude/skill test administered by an independent body on the selected teachers
In 2010, the Foundation started a challenge to all past winners to reproduce the same excellence in their colleagues, a feat for which they will be recognized in another award named the Grand Mentor Teachers’ Award.
Criteria for Eligibility for Award
This award is open ONLY to past and present winners of the Teachers’ Award for Excellence
Eligible teachers are required to adopt between 4 and 7 teachers in their subject of specialization
They would be required to register their mentor group
During the year, the leader of the mentor group should convene regular mentoring sessions designed to hone the skills of all the teachers in their group - sharing knowledge and teaching techniques
Combined average score of top 4 members of the group
Evidence of serious activity in the mentoring group throughout the year
The individual score of the leader of the mentoring group
Any special or distinct contribution toward achieving the objective of the Foundation beyond teaching in class or mentoring a fellow teacher
In 2016, the Foundation instituted the Principal’s Award, which is aimed at rewarding the efforts of exceptional public school heads, who have distinguished themselves in pushing the academic advancement of their institutions.
Criteria for Selecting Award Winner
Principals are selected through an instrument generated in collaboration with the State Secondary Education Board
Selected principals are required to produce a dossier of their achievement in the school since appointment, which is then scrutinized based on earlier evaluation by ministry officials
Schools of shortlisted principals are visited to appraise their claims
Principals with verified claims are invited to a screening test where consideration is given to practical management and administrative competence
The best performing principals are then invited for an oral interaction with two consultants