The founder of Be Exceptional Network, Joseph Effiong has said that teachers need to be rewarded, supported and encouraged.
Mr Effiong, who stated this in opening remarks at The Future of Teaching Conference, said that it was time to raise passionate teachers who will value purpose over the pocket.
“In America, 55% of Teachers are said to be leaving their classroom according to a report by The National Education Association, the nation’s largest union.
“If America with a better minimum wage is battling with this kind of crisis what then is the place of Africa and Nigeria which has a lesser minimum wage and don’t pay attention to documentation.
“This is the time for us to raise more passionate Teachers. A time for us to have Teachers who will value purpose over the pocket. The conference is a convergence of teachers of impact with proven track records.
“They will share their stories and show you the easiest way into that dream future. Now more than ever before Teachers need to be Rewarded, Supported, and Encouraged.
“The conference will empower every participant with hands-on sessions and practical experience,” he said.
Mr Effiong, who is so passionate about the growth and betterment of teachers, added that the conference was a convergence of top notch teachers and changemakers to discuss and chat the pathway for the future of the teaching profession.
The virtual conference attracted prolific speakers such as Mr. Lanre Oguntoye, Maltina teacher of the year 2021 Lagos state and Founder Teach2Reach; Mrs. Iffy Obidi-Essien, CEO Tech-Savvy Teacher international; and Kemi Ogunsanya, an award-winning educator.
Others are Hector Grimaldo from Vietnam and founder/CEO-Dreamland Eco English; Gideon Ogunfeyimi, Coach Teach for Nigeria; Yvette Larsson from Sweden and Co-founder, AHA; Chinedu Artino, Teacher and Financial Coach; Samuel Efre, Head of School and Business Consultant; and Blessing Akpan, Founder The Innovative Child Network.
The sessions were dominated by practical experiences of the speakers and hands-on session. It had 927 participants drawn across the globe with huge attendant from Vietnam, Philipines, India, Sweden and Nigeria.