Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is expected to award 100 teachers across the country on 27 November 2019 at the Manhyia Palace.
The awardees are basic school teachers serving in deprived communities across the country for a period of five years.
The 7th Otumfuo teacher awards ceremony seeks to appreciate hardworking teachers in deprived communities where some teachers, over the years, have rejected postings to those areas due to the lack of electricity, telephone connectivity, potable drinking water, among others.
The award scheme initiated by the Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Charity Fund (OOTCF) years ago has awarded over 600 teachers across the country with various prizes including cash, laptops, refrigerators and scholarships to teachers to further their education from the master’s to PhD level.
The 7th edition of the teacher awards will be held at the Manhyia Palace as part of activities marking the 20th-anniversary of the Asantehene’s reign on the Golden Stool.
The Executive Director of OOTCF, Dr Thomas Agyarko-Poku disclosed this at the Manhyia Palace during the presentation of 50 brand new laptops to the Foundation by the British Council’s Country Director Mr Alan Rutt.
The donation forms part of the British Council’s contribution to appreciating Ghanaian teachers in rural communities without basic social amenities.
The donation was received by Lady Julia Osei Tutu, wife of Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and the management of the Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Charity Foundation.
Dr Agyarko-Poku, who spoke on behalf of the foundation, commended the British Council for the gesture.
In a related development, Lady Julia also donated 13 electronic hospital beds to four selected clinics outside the Kumasi metropolis as part of her contribution toward minimising the negative impact of the no-bed syndrome in the Ashanti Region.