Olashore International School, Iloko-Ijesa, Osun State recently rewarded staff who have served the school for a long time. The reward, which was part of activities marking the school’s founders’ day, was held to appreciate long serving staff and encourage upcoming ones.

According to the Principal, Mr. Derek Smith, reinforcing and celebrating teachers who have put in their best on the job is worth it. “Long service awards are impressive. The school is 22 years old and there are some staff who have put in their best on their jobs, and they really need to be appreciated particularly the non-teaching staff who have served for long. This action demonstrates the relationship that the school has with its community being that some of these non-teaching staff hail from the community. It is good to reinforce and celebrate them.

“As for the academic staff, that is the teachers, this award is a way to encourage them. It is believed that in as much as they have impacted in the school, that they too have developed themselves, you can’t be a teacher for let’s say 10 years, and still be doing the same thing. At Olashore, we embark on international trainings, where we partner with Bradford University to train five or six of our teachers every year at the UK. With this, positive impacts are made on students from the trained teachers. I think teachers who have been helpful in impacting for years should be appreciated.
The long service award was rewarded in two categories- the 10 years category and the 20 years category.

One of the awardees in the 10 years category, Mr. Felix Adeboboye, encouraged his fellow teachers to be diligent and patient. “I joined Olashore in September 2005 as a Biology teacher, two years down the line, I became the Head, Department of Biological Sciences. As the HOD, my department was the best performing department, first to have a reference library and also produced a student who emerged third position all over the country in cocoa research. I trained students to become good masters of ceremonies (MC) during events held in the school because it is believed that it is part of the leadership skills they requires.

“Recently too, I have been promoted to the post of Assistant Director of Extra-curricular activities which widens the scope of my work in the school.”

Speaking on behalf of the 20 years category, Mr. Alao Folorunsho, the Head of Maintenance Supervision, thanked the school and encouraged people to have passion for their jobs. “I joined Olashore on October 23, 1995. Twenty years is not a joke. Passion and diligence kept me. I advise my fellow colleagues and Nigerian workers to be passionate about their jobs so they can give in their best.”

Meanwhile, the guest speaker at the 20th founders day celebration, who is the Chairman, Board of Directors, Guaranty Trust Bank, Mrs. Osaretin Demuren, said the benefits of the celebration is that it allows people of the present generation to enjoy the legacies left behind by their fathers.

She advised the students to make their parents proud by focusing on their studies in order to emerge the best, because their parents spent a lot on their education.

Counselling the students on ways to carry on through school, she said: “Given the opportunity you have as products of this great institution, and described by CNN as the ‘Pride of Africa’, you have the unique privilege to look beyond and go that extra mile because of the various and multiple options at your disposal. There are so many good schools competing for attention, and the world is getting more complex and sophisticated. To this end, you need something different to stand you out.”

“You need passion and inner strength to push hard work and integrity out there to show in whatever you do. Appreciate the time you are born into, take advantage of the choices, freedom and liberty, appreciate diversity around you and pick from people who are different from you. You must always do your best so that in the face of any opportunity, people can vouch for you.”

The Chairman, Board of Governors of the school, Bimbo Olashore, explained that the event is used for maintaining the values on which the school stands. “Olashore Founder’s Day is a day set aside to honour the founder of the school, Oba Oladele Olashore. It is also a day we use to retain the values on which the school stands. For us, after so many years, a day like this is usually set aside to get to look into the philosophy backing the school.”