- The Tolon District Assembly has rewarded a teacher who walks 42 kilometres to class with a standing fan
- The award was given to the teacher at the 61st Independence day parade on Tuesday
- The teacher, Awudu Kombian, expressed his gratitude for the recognition of his efforts
A teacher in the Tolon District of the Northern Region who walks 42km in order to go and teach his pupils has been rewarded with a standing fan.
The fan, given in appreciation of Awudu Kombian's dedicated service, was presented to him at the parade to mark 61st Independence anniversary which was held on Tuesday.
Mr Kombian teaches at the Warvi D/A primary school where he travels 42 kilometres to reach in order to prepare the pupils for lessons.
Apart from travelling such a long distance, Mr Kombian was, until recently when three teachers were posted to the school, the only teacher who also doubled as the headmaster.
The school has a population of about 74 with three classrooms, and he taught them all alone for more than a year.
As a headmaster, he performed other tasks and so the school was always closed down whenever he fell ill or travelled.
“It’s very challenging but as a professional, you have to always do your best to see what you can do in the midst of the challenges. Every day I have to travel about 42kms to go and teach because it’s a very deprived community, and places like that you don’t have accommodation so even if you are willing to even stay there, there is no accommodation for you,” Kombian is reported to have said.
Receiving his award, Mr. Kombian expressed his happiness at the fact his efforts had been recognized.
“The award itself…the prize itself is not something that I will place much emphasis on but the gesture. The gesture of recognizing what I have done is what gladdens my heart”, he stated.
The award was presented by the district director of education Reverend Georgina Anaaba Norga who asked the teacher to continue with the good work.
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