TWENTY five teachers from across the country received the 2018 McDonald’s Inspirational Teacher Award.
The annual award from McDonald’s Malaysia, is presented in conjunction with the national Teachers Day celebrations.
This is the second time the awards programme has been organised. The response was overwhelming with more than 3,000 nominations received, easily surpassing last year’s nominations by three times.
As a recognition of the overwhelming response, at least one teacher from each state was chosen, bringing the total number of deserving winners to 25 in comparison to last year’s six.
McDonald’s Malaysia managing director and local operating partner, Azmir Jaafar, said the award is aimed at rewarding teachers who have performed their tasks as educators beyond the call of duty and positively impacted the lives of their students and the community.
“The teachers are recognised for their ability to inspire their students and make a difference in their lives. “They have either managed to change the students’ mindset towards becoming better individuals, helped improve their academic performance or raised their self-esteem,” he said.
He added that the award is the company’s way of showing its appreciation to the deserving teachers for going the extra mile.
Each of the 25 winners received RM5,000 in cash, a trophy, sash and a certificate of recognition at a ceremony co-ordinated with their respective schools in conjunction with Teachers Day celebration this year.
Nominators, mostly students, were also acknowledged for their contribution with RM200 worth of McDonald’s gift certificates.
Some of the criteria for selecting the winners include improving the academic performance of the students, employing innovative and out-of-the-box methods of teaching, going beyond the call of duty to assist students, and the impact the teacher has had on students.
The winners were chosen by a panel of judges consisting of representatives from McDonald’s, the Education Ministry, members of the media and McDonald’s business partners.
In addition to the award, McDonald’s also organised motivational seminars at 10 locations around the country with motivational speaker Datuk Dr Mohd Fadzilah Kamsah as part of this year’s Teachers Day festivities.
McDonald’s Malaysia is also hosting Teachers Day parties at all of its 271 restaurants nationwide.
At the celebration, teachers are entertained with games, a photo session and served with refreshments. The purpose of the party is to recognise their dedication in nurturing the nation.