Nigerian teachers have won the 2018 Safe School Heroes Awards, in recognition of their dedication and courage to sustain teaching and learning in schools.
Mr Ike Onyechere, Chairman, National Organising Committee, 2018 Safe School Leadership Empowerment Conference and Awards, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja.
He said the teachers also won the award in view of the complex and security risky nature of their job.
“On April 13, 2018, the UNICEF released a report to the effect that at least, 2,295 teachers had been killed in the North-East alone since 2009.
“According to the report, more than 1, 000 children had been abducted and 1,400 schools destroyed.
“Taken together, terrorism, insurgency, kidnapping, cultism, armed robbery, fire, medical and flood emergencies have claimed the lives of over 3,000 teachers since 2009.
“Yet, teachers continue to soldier on to defy fear and keep schools open and running in the environment of great insecurity despite the fact that many have paid the ultimate price with their lives.
“That is why the 2018 Safe School Heroes Award is dedicated to the memory of fallen teachers.
“We, the survivors, will and should never forget them.”
He said teachers were not only traumatised by the orgy of crimes and violence but also had the additional task of managing the emotional and psychological wounds of frightened and confused students and pupils.
The chairman of the organising committee said the award would be presented on Nov. 15 at Green Minds Hotel, Utako, Abuja, to climax the occasion that started on Nov. 12.
He said Dr Nasir Idris and Dr Mark Ike- Ene, National President, and Secretary General, Nigeria Union of Teachers would receive the award on behalf of the teachers.