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24th June, 2021

STEPHANIE AKINWOYA : FROM ORDINARY TEACHER TO AN EXTRAORDINARY TEACHER

A physics teacher in education district 1 Mrs. Stephanie Akinwoya has been selected as one of the top 60 teachers in the international 2021 Cambridge dedicated teacher award and also one of the top ten educators representing Nigeria, in the just concluded 2021 Wakelet community impact awards . Some examples are the self-powered house which won second place position in the 2019 Nigerian Society of Engineers project skill competition, and the 2019 smart self-powered house for the Agbami Chevron Innovate STEM project competition making her school the first public school to win first place competition in this competition. She is especially passionate about promoting STEM education amongst girls and in conjunction with international bodies such as The WAAW Foundation has provided training, support and mentorship to this effect, with these girls going on to represent their school in international competitions and programs, such as Generation Unlimited 2020 sponsored by UNICEF and 2019 STEM camp for gifted girls funded by UNESCO. In a bid to raise emphatic globally aware students, she is an advocate for connection based learning and has been instrumental in scaling up connection-based learning of other schools in the district as a lead mentor to teachers who have ran the connection based program in their schools. Some of the students who have taken part in this connection based learning have been empowered to become social innovators in their communities and assure active roles in resolving global challenges. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, she has been dynamic in the use of edutech tools to ensure students actively engage in learning and also prepared students for National and International competitions. A good example is the Beyond School Challenge 2020 where her students emerged as finalists, and the Technovation Girls Challenge 2020, representing Nigeria as semifinalists. She has built her interpersonal relationship with and outside the country by collaborating with different associations and colleagues to organize educational programs. She was a panelist representing Nigeria for the 2020 International webinar; “COVID-19 and lessons learned reflections from the Sub-Saharan Africa” organized by the Commonwealth of learning and UNISA.