Addis Ababa, 30 October, 2019 / 12:04 am (ACI Africa).
The African Union (AU) Continental Teacher Prize launched this year “as a means for demonstrating respect for teachers and the teaching profession, by encouraging and celebrating the committed teachers in Africa” has been won by three teachers from Ghana, Kenya, and Uganda, among them, a Catholic nun.
Sr. Gladyce Kachope who heads Immaculate Heart Girls’ School in Uganda and Mr. Eric Ademba, a teacher of chemistry and mathematics at Kenya’s Asumbi Girls’ High School emerged winners of the recently launched continental Award alongside Ghanaian Augusta Lartey-Young, a member of the Methodist church.
In a statement by the AU, the Award “raises the status of teaching, facilitates sharing of best practices in teacher excellence, and inspires the best possible candidates to join the teaching profession.” The Prize also serves as “a catalyst for similar programmes at regional and national levels,” the AU statement reads.
ACI Africa caught up with the three winners to share their sentiments after receiving the Award at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on October 23.
In an exclusive interview Tuesday, October 29, the three have expressed their excitement for winning the prize and taken the achievement as a source of inspiration in their service as teachers.