If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. The best way to get school children trained for a better future is through teacher motivation.
Sir Martin’s Memorial School, one of the outstanding private schools in the Savannah region of Ghana, with good and reputable records has been on the lips of the people since it’s establishment.
Sir Matin Memorial School, as part of it’s outstanding processes to produce the best, held an awards night ceremony and awarded some outstanding teachers at the school on Saturday, 29th October, 2022 at Home Touch Guest House at Damongo, the Savannah regional capital.
General awards were given to twenty teachers. The major awards were categorized into six (6), comprising best female teacher, best male teacher, most disciplined teacher, most influential teacher, most dedicated teacher and overall best teacher.
The best female teacher – madam Eunice
Best male teacher – sir Ganew Mahama
Most disciplined teacher – madam Anatu Abudu
Most influential teacher – sir Peter Nuurubang
Overall best teacher – madam Esther Kuule
Most dedicated teacher – Madam Jamila.
The overall best teacher took home a brand new fridge and cosmetics. Most disciplined teacher, most dedicated teacher and most influential teacher were given flat screen television sets each.
Some gender specific cosmetics were given to the matron, the best female and male teachers.
Sir Martin Memorial School is one of the few private schools at Damongo with a school club which comprises of mixed school children, the school has also, been participating in the auditions of Tv3’s kids talented show.
The school proprietor, Wuriya Ewuntomah Joana said even though teaching is a call but other schools especially private schools owners have to take the challenge of motivating their teachers to boost their dedication, morals and adaptability.
She said collaboration, empathy and patience must be the key proponents that should enhance the quality of teaching and learning.
The stress that comes along with the job has become increasingly overwhelming. Teachers in private schools are expected to do more with less time and less financial support and appealed to the teachers to keep the spirit high.
Joana added that the awards to the teachers is to celebrate their hard work and positive contribution through commitment to the cause of teaching and also enriching lives of school children.
She advised the teachers at Sir Martin Memorial school to lead a life worthy of emulation and they should concentrate on collective success and avoid being self centered.
Mrs.Helen Mbemah, one of the leaders of the school, advised the teachers of the school to remain patient and work hard because the best is yet to come. She disclosed that the school’s branch in Germany will from time to time, begin to have exchange programs with the teachers.
On his part, Joachim Ewuntomah said some Europeans were already at Damongo teaching at the school before COVID-19 pandemic.
The objective of establishing the school is very concrete and with the help of the able team, the world will acknowledge us soon, he added.
Teachers were very excited for the wonderful awards received.
Some of them expressed their gratitude to the management of the school. They also advised parents to enroll their children ar Sir Martin Memorial School for quality education and brighter childhood upbringing.
The overall best teacher, Esther Kuule said she least expected that her contribution is being noticed by the school authorities and vowed to work harder to improve standards.
She said they will work together to give school children the best despite the challenges.
Esther promised to work hard and maintain her level as overall best teacher for more years. She added that, the management of the school motivates both teachers and school children week in, week out, which is a good administrative tool to keep the school on its enviable standard and records.