14 Oct Opeifa, Nigerian teacher, among top 10 for global teacher prize
Olasunkanmi Opeifa, a Nigerian teacher with the Government Day Secondary School, Karu, Abuja, has emerged among top 10 finalists for this year’s Global Teacher Prize.
He was selected among the initial 50 finalists from over 12,000 nominations and applications from over 140 countries around the world.
A Kenyan teacher, Mr Peter Tabichi won 2019 edition while a female teacher from the United Kingdom, Andria Zafirakou, won that of 2018 edition.
The annual award which is open to all teachers globally was instituted in 2014 by UK-based Varkey Foundation to recognise and celebrate the outstanding impact that teachers make around the world – not only on their students but on the communities around them. And the star prize is US$1 million (about N383.54 million).
Opeifa, 34, an, an indigene of Ogun State and an alumnus of Lagos State University (LASU), teaches the English language at his current place of work. He has won many awards in the past including the 2018 Maltina-Teacher of the Year Award instituted by Nigeria Breweries Plc, for Nigerian teachers.
World-renowned actor, Stephen Fry, first announced Opeifa’s nomination on Facebook and two other social media platforms on behalf of the organiser, Varkey Foundation before Rebecca Warbrick, Head of Marketing of the foundation later followed up with video call through Zoom to inform him officially.