Faith Aku Dzakpasu Earns Prestigious Title of 2023’s Most Outstanding Teacher in Ghana

In a remarkable celebration of excellence in education, Faith Aku Dzakpasu, an esteemed educator at GRETA ‘D’ Shepherd Two Basic School, located in the Greater Accra region, has been bestowed with the distinguished honor of being named the “Most Outstanding Teacher of the Year 2023” in Ghana.

In recognition of her exceptional contributions to the field of education, Ms. Dzakpasu was presented with an array of well-deserved accolades. The centerpiece of her prize is a prototype of a luxurious three-bedroom apartment, a testament to her dedication and service. This grand prize allows her the freedom to choose the location for this remarkable home anywhere within the borders of Ghana. Additionally, she was awarded one million Ghana cedis worth of insurance coverage from the State Insurance Company (SIC) to safeguard her future. In an inspirational nod to her profession, she also received 1000 exercise books to further support her mission of nurturing young minds.

Notably, the first runner-up distinction was conferred upon Isabella Wussa-Tetteh of Sege D/A Primary, also situated in the Greater Accra region. Isabella was rewarded with a 4×4 Pick Up truck, a symbol of her dedication and excellence. In addition to this impressive vehicle, she received one million Ghana cedis worth of insurance coverage from SIC and 1000 exercise books.

The second runner-up position was proudly claimed by Fredous Idi-Amin of Ogbojo Presbyterian Basic School. Fredous was the recipient of a brand new saloon vehicle, underscoring his remarkable accomplishments in the education sector. As a complement to this vehicle, he, too, received one million Ghana cedis worth of insurance cover from SIC and 1000 exercise books.

The celebration of educational excellence did not stop there, as numerous other awards were presented during the ceremony. These included recognitions for the Best Junior High School Teacher, Best Primary School Teacher, Best Primary Teacher, Best Senior High Teacher, and Best Technical Teacher, among others.

Furthermore, a new accolade was introduced to acknowledge the Best Tutor from all the colleges of education in Ghana. This prestigious title was awarded to Mr. Simon Boateng, hailing from St Monica’s College of Education, Asante Mampong. As a testament to his exceptional contributions, Mr. Boateng was presented with a 4×4 Pick Up truck, marking a proud moment in his career.

During the awards ceremony, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo lauded the profound dedication and commitment of teachers in Ghana. He emphasized their pivotal role in shaping the nation’s future through education and highlighted the importance of supporting the education sector. The President cited initiatives such as the payment of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) allowances to teachers and the provision of laptops, among other measures, as evidence of his commitment to advancing education in the country.

President Akufo-Addo assured all teachers that the One Teacher One Laptop project would be expedited to ensure that deserving educators receive their laptops. He expressed gratitude to the National Teaching Council (NTC) and other institutions for their contributions in honoring the nation’s teachers.

Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister for Education, echoed the President’s sentiments, commending his commitment to educational development. Dr. Adutwum affirmed his dedication to furthering the cause of education, emphasizing that it is the driving force behind the nation’s development.

The Education Minister called upon all stakeholders in the education sector to collaborate in transforming the country through education. He stressed that the nation’s youth are not just receiving an education but are also being equipped with critical thinking skills and knowledge essential for the nation’s economic growth.

In closing, Dr. Christian Addai-Poku, the Registrar of the NTC, expressed gratitude to sponsors and institutions for their support in recognizing and motivating teachers. He pledged to continue working diligently to enhance the quality of teaching in schools and to address the issue of high teacher attrition, a challenge that poses a significant threat to the nation’s development.

The awards ceremony served as a powerful tribute to the unwavering dedication of Ghana’s educators, showcasing their instrumental role in shaping the nation’s future.

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