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Liberia’s best teacher wins US$10,800 prize

By Kruah Thompson

In a moment of pride and recognition, Allen A. Thomas, an esteemed educator hailing from Nimba County is recipient of the prestigious Best Teacher Presidential Award, accompanied by a prize of USD 10,800.

Joining the ranks of winners are Phillip L. Molubah from Bong County, securing second place with US$895.16; Anita Saah Yambi from Montserrado County, recognized as one of the best teachers with US$895.16; Geraldine Gono Flomo and Lucia Gofa from Maryland County, both awarded US$895.16 for their outstanding teaching skills. And Jerry S.S. Wleh, also of Maryland County, with a prize of US$268.82.

Meanwhile, on August 24, 2022, Precious J. Teeweh was honored with the prestigious Best Teacher in Liberia Award with a prize of one million Liberian dollars and a new home from the Ministry of Education.

During the 176th Independence Celebration, the Deputy Minister of Education for Instruction, Alexander N. Joku, proudly announced Allen A. Thomas, winner of this year’s Liberia National Teacher Award, highlighting that this remarkable achievement not only reflects the winner’s dedication to the education sector but also underscores their commitment to shaping the minds of the future generation.

According to him, the award, presented under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and endorsed by the Presidential Office, underscores the winner’s exceptional contributions to the educational landscape. 

Mr. Joku emphasized that each award recipient has surpassed their regular responsibilities, dedicating countless hours to meticulous planning, active student involvement, and the creation of an exceptional classroom atmosphere.

The presentation ceremony, held at the Centennial Pavilion in Monrovia, was attended by members of the educational community, government officials, fellow teachers and students. 

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During the event, Thomas humbly expressed his gratitude for the recognition and emphasized the importance of collective efforts in fostering a bright future for Liberia.

With a heart full of joy and gratitude, he expressed appreciation for being bestowed with the honor of the Presidential Best Teacher of the Year and the title of Liberia’s Best Teacher for 2023. 

He extended thanks to the government for acknowledging his dedication and unwavering commitment to the noble teaching profession.

“I humbly acknowledge that this achievement is not just an individual accomplishment, but rather a testament to the combined endeavor of teachers across the entire country,” he said. 

During the ceremony, Minister Jansy also recognized the top three students who excelled in this year’s WASSCE. They were granted the privilege of taking photographs with the President.

“By government mandate, these students have been granted scholarships that cover their education up until university graduation, allowing them to attend any school in the county,” he said, mentioning that if opportunities arise for partnerships, the government will ensure that they are provided with the chance to study abroad. Editing by Jonathan Browne

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