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Nigerian Teacher Opeifa Becomes Top 10 Finalist For $1m Global Prize

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A Nigerian teacher, Olasunkanmi Opeifa has been selected as one of the top ten finalists for the Global Teacher Prize 2020.

Opeifa, an English Language teacher from Government Day Secondary School, Karu, Abuja, Nigeria, was shortlisted from over 12,000 nominations and applications from about 140 countries across the world.

English comedian and one of the judges, Stephen Fry, made the announcement in a special video message adding that Opeifa inspired his students through edutainment.

He said, “Today I am delighted to announce that Olasunkanmi Opeifa from Nigeria is a top ten finalist for the Global Teacher Prize 2020.

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“You also published a book on learning English in order to reach more students beyond your community, and introduced free weekend tutorials in order to cover the syllabus with them. With this approach, examination results have vastly improved and many of your students now meet the benchmark for admission to university. Congratulations Olasunkanmi and thank you for everything you do.”

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Assistant Director-General for Education at UNESCO, Stefania Giannini, also acknowledged Opeifa’s contributions to the teaching profession.

Giannini said, “I hope his story will inspire those looking to enter the teaching profession and also highlight the incredible work teachers do all over Nigeria and throughout the world every day.”

The overall winner would be announced on December 3, 2020.

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