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Lagos teacher wins African Union Continental Prize

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Adeola Adefemi, a Lagos State teacher has won this year’s African Union (AU) Continental Teacher Prize.

The announcement was made by Wodon Quentin, Director of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in charge of the International Institute of Capacity Building in Africa, in honour of this year’s Teachers’ Day.

Adefemi is a multiple award winner who teaches English Language at Keke Senior High School, Agege, under the state’s Education District 1.

Last year, she won the Best Teacher Prize in Lagos State and was celebrated and rewarded by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, with a brand-new SUV.

She also won the Presidential Best Teacher Prize in Nigeria and was given another SUV by the Federal Government last year.

In 2020, Adefemi won the Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Award, received an award plaque, a certificate of recognition and a cash prize of $10,000 for winning the award.

She becomes the second Nigerian to win the AU Teacher Prize after Olalekan Adeeko, a teacher in Ogun State since it was instituted four years ago, and won it in 2020.

Every year, the African Union honours a maximum of eight teachers selected from various parts of the continent for proving to be excellent in their delivery of service in classrooms.

The award, according to AU, aims to raise the visibility and stature of teachers in Africa at all levels, promote teaching as a recognized profession, and recognize and encourage outstanding teachers across the continent.

The organization stated that the standing of teachers in Africa is critical to the continent’s Agenda 2063 ambition of integration, peace, and prosperity.

The commission added that the award will not only serve as a means of demonstrating respect for teachers and the teaching profession, but it will also raise their status and inspire the best candidates to join the teaching profession.

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