The Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Charity Foundation (OOTCF) has over the years continued to support the general well-being of Ghanaian citizens with projects. It has four thematic areas; Education, Health, Water and Sanitation and Culture and Heritage. In education, the Foundation is focused on helping to reverse the falling standards of education in Ghana by enhancing access to good quality education through the provision of scholarship schemes to needy but brilliant students, provision of educational materials, mobile learning project, constructions and rehabilitation of classrooms, teacher’s quarters and provision of boreholes in schools among others.
As part of its annual educational projects, the Foundation over the past five years has been recognizing teachers and other educational workers through the Otumfuo Teachers Awards. The mission of this event is to motivate and inspire teachers from deprived areas from all parts of the country.
For the purposes of this program a deprived area is classified as a community that lacks basic amenities such as safe drinking water, electricity and is generally difficult to be accessed by transportation.
Most deprived communities in Ghana are characterized by difficult and challenging conditions which often deter many teachers from accepting postings to such areas. There is constant lack of amenities such as electricity, potable water, means of transportation etc. Those who accept to work in these areas sacrifice a lot of comfort in order to contribute towards the provision of formal education to children in such communities.
These teachers also have to work in schools with serious lack of resources such as the unavailability of classrooms compared to their colleagues in more urbanized locations.
These prevailing conditions in addition to the reluctance to certain personnel to live and work in rural communities often culminate in poor educational performances and a general lack of interest among the children especially in the rural areas. This unfortunate situation further perpetuates the cycle of poverty and deprivation in rural areas.
The Otumfuo Teachers Awards is aimed at appreciating the commitment of teachers who regardless of the prevalent conditions in their communities have stayed the course and made valuable contribution to education and development.
The Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Charity Foundation (OOTCF) is uniquely positioned to undertake this awards scheme because of its ongoing commitment to facilitate the provision of quality education in rural areas by improving the learning environment of such areas for the children. This has been executed through the provision of classrooms, text books, scholarships and other support. The Foundation considers that recognizing and rewarding teachers in deprived rural communities further demonstrates Otumfuo Osei Tutu II commitment to ensuring a holistic approach to improving education.
The Foundation hopes to reward and motivate all 100 teachers identified, interviewed and shortlisted at the Manhyia Palace by His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu ll.
Risks and Uncertainties
In the event of any unforeseen circumstances, where His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II cannot participate in the award ceremony; all stakeholders will be informed and the date for the event will be rescheduled for a period not exceeding 21 days(three weeks) , accordingly.