The management of the National Teaching Council (NTC) has opened the 2023 Ghana Teacher Prize application portal for qualified professional teachers to submit applications to be nominated and awarded various prizes.
In a blog post sighted by AcademicWeek, the Teaching Council said the GTP application portal opened on March 9, 2023, will be closed on May 31, 2023. It is currently unclear if there will be a further extension of the deadline.
The Ghana Teacher Prize (GTP) is open to all professionally trained and licensed teachers currently working in the pre-tertiary education space (both public and private) and have been teaching for not less than five (5) years.
Criteria for selection of award winners
Applicants for the Ghana Teacher Prize will be judged on a rigorous set of criteria to identify an extraordinary teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession as follows:
1. Achieving demonstrable student learning outcomes in the classroom. (For example, through the improvement of student grades, student attendance/behaviour; students becoming high achievers in further education or in the world of work; and enabling students to have as many options as possible to fulfil their potential) Employing innovative and effective instructional practices that are replicable and scalable to influence the quality of education globally.
(For example, through innovative use of technology or non-typical instructional techniques that can be replicated in other classrooms within the same context)
2. Recognition of a teacher’s achievements in the classroom and beyond from pupils, colleagues, head teachers or members of the wider community. (For example, through local/ national teaching awards; recognition in local/national press or academic publications; references or testimonials from high achieving students, peers, or principals; active senior level member of an external organization or board that furthers an element of education) Helping children become global citizens through providing them with a value-based education, which equips young people with life and work skills and prepares them for a world where they will encounter people from many different nationalities, cultures and religions.
(Examples may include arranging work placements or other introductions to the world of work; linking up with schools in other parts of the world; and promoting student exchange programmes)
3. Achievements in the community beyond the classroom that provide unique and distinguished models of excellence for the teaching profession and others. (Recognition through community awards, talks, seminars; membership of local organizations, written contributions in media, with a focus on bringing the community into your classroom to widen students’ experiences) Encouraging teachers to stay in the profession and develop their skills as well as encouraging others to join the teaching profession.
(For example, through the teaching of mentoring teachers at your school or teacher training college; contributing to public debates on the teaching profession, whether through speaking engagements, writing articles, blogs, media participation, social media campaigns, events or conferences; or other examples of practice that have been elevated the status of teaching in your country).