Bayport Saving and Loans has awarded 10 teachers with GH₵100,000 under its 2018 Teachers Innovation Competition.
The competition seeks to reward teachers with innovative ideas and initiatives in teaching which can improve learning in Literacy, Numeracy or STEM for children and is in collaboration with Reach for Change, an NGO.
As part of Bayport’s vision to grow with its community, it has instituted several Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes that impacts on customers and communities. The Bayport Teachers Innovation Competition is one of such impactful projects.
Since the inception of the competition in 2015, Bayport and Reach for Change have provided 15 exceptional teachers with financial support, advice, coaching and training to help develop and scale their ideas.
The 2018 edition of the competition kicked off with over 200 entries from all the ten regions in Ghana. The competition was open to all public-school teachers from basic to secondary level.
Out of the total applicants, 24 were shortlisted to the next stage, which involved pitching their ideas and series of training and incubation.
Ten were then selected and awarded for the quality and creativity of ideas. Some of the ideas were simple but had outstanding and innovative teaching methods.
Doreen Baffoe of Bayport, said teachers play the most significant role in the lives of students and the development of our nation and they were the first step to ensure quality education.
“Quality education is our greatest hope for the future, ensuring that students get the best quality education largely depends on the teachers. Growing up as students teachers served as our mentors, a guide to distinguish right from wrong,” she added.
Mrs. Baffoe added that, Bayport savings and loans went in search of teachers who change the world, to empower them by celebrating and rewarding them for their outstanding teaching methods in their areas of expertise.
Such innovations, she noted, were essential to the transformation of our educational system here in Ghana and critical to the development of children and youth teachers.
The Bayport Teachers Innovation Competition is part of the shared growth strategy of Bayport on emphasis on growing with the community.
The overall winner, Conerlius Kwame Adjia, said the method I used is solar and lunar systems probability, angle, measurement, before you find the area of a circular object; that is the method I came out with to make teaching very practical.
“In this modern time, we should teach our children to do practical activity, so that they can understand the concept we teach them, that is the method that brought me this fair,” he said.
Mr. Adjia added that, “teaching is a calling, so, we should give out our best and not say our salary is meager. I give my all to my job because I see it as a ministry and I use my own money to prepare materials just to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom.
The emphasis here is what the child had learnt not what the teacher had taught, so we must develop activity that will make a child learn. The learning outcome will improve in Ghana if we change our methods of teaching.”