One hundred and thirty teachers of public basic schools from rural areas across the country have been honoured by His Royal Majesty, King of the Ashanti Kingdom, Otumfour Osei Tutu II at the Manhyia Palace the Ashanti Regional capital.
The Otumfuo Teachers and Education Workers Awards was introduced six years ago to reward and motivate teachers who work in rural areas.
Teachers were selected from all regions across Ghana.
Themed, “Build the Foundation Now; Support Basic Education”, the 7th edition since 2011 when it was instituted, the award ceremony was to appreciate hardworking teachers who have taught for five years in such deprived areas.
The award scheme initiated by the Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Charity Fund (OOTCF) has awarded over 600 teachers across the country by the Asante monarch with various goodies including cash, laptops, refrigerators and scholarships to teachers to further their education from master’s degree to PhD levels.
The Asantehene in his address commended teachers for their selfless and dedicated role towards improving the educational system in the country, most especially in the rural communities.
“It is of great pleasure to find teachers who are serving selflessly in deprived communities and even at instances of diminutive resources. This and many more are the issues that prompted such a colourful ceremony today.”