Simi Nwogugu, chief executive officer of Junior Achievement Africa, has called on Nigeria’s changemakers to apply or be nominated for the inaugural Africa Education Medal, launched by T4 Education in collaboration with HP and Intel.
Nwogugu, while joining leading figures from across Africa seeks support for the new award which will be presented to an outstanding individual who has demonstrated impact, leadership, and advocacy in the field of education.
According to Nwogugu, a good education will empower young people in Nigeria and across Africa to fulfill their full potential, secure better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.
“I am a beneficiary of great educational institutions from attending a public secondary school in Lagos, Nigeria to attaining an MBA at Harvard Business School, which empowered me to return to Nigeria to expand the work of JA across Nigeria and the continent”, she said.
She noted that Africa’s great changemakers know education is the key to our continent’s prosperity in a global economy, urging inspirational leaders from Nigeria and across Africa to step forward and apply for the Africa Education Medal so their stories can inspire thousands more.
Brad Pulford, Managing Director at HP Africa, said: “HP has been committed to enabling better learning outcomes for 100 million people between 2015-2025. Achieving this bold goal wouldn’t be possible without empowered education leaders and trailblazers who are at the forefront of the rapidly changing education environment.
Pulford said a quality education empowers not just individuals, but entire communities. It will skill the next generation to fulfil their full potential in a world being transformed by technology. The Africa Education Medal not only honours the tireless work of those seeking to improve education all across Africa, but gives them a platform to amplify their voices and inspire others to follow their examples.
Vikas Pota, Founder and CEO of T4 Education said quality education will help African countries grow and prosper, adding it will help Africa produce the public leaders of tomorrow who will go on to grapple with the continent’s greatest challenges from inequality, to climate change, food insecurity and disease.
The Africa Education Medal recognises those who are working every day to make that vision a reality”, Pota said.
In the decades leading up to the pandemic, Africa had been making great strides in boosting school enrolment. To protect and expand upon these vital gains in the wake of COVID, teachers, NGOs, politicians, tech entrepreneurs, and figures from the public and private sectors will need to work together to build a future where every child in Africa can achieve the quality education that is their birthright.
The Africa Education Medal has been launched to recognise the tireless work of those who are transforming education across the continent – to celebrate the stories of those who have lit the spark of change so others will be inspired to take up the torch.
The Africa Education Medal is open to individuals working to improve pre-kindergarten, K-12, vocational and university education who are one of the following: Educators and school administrators; Civil society leaders; Public servants and government officials; Political leaders and Technologists and innovators
According to the organisers, Nominees must demonstrate their contribution in any of the following key areas in education: Significantly improving learning outcomes; Promoting girls’ education; Promoting equity and broadening access to education.
Others include Advancing pedagogical or technological innovation; Building and strengthening educator capacity; Catalysing civic participation in education and Championing the rights of education stakeholders.
The Top 10 finalists for the Africa Education Medal will be announced in July and the winner will be announced in September. Nominees will be assessed by a Jury comprising prominent individuals based on rigorous criteria.
Nominations, including self-nominations, can be made online at http://www.africaeducationmedal.org/ Nominations will close on June 3, 2022.