RF National Distinguished Teachers Awards (RFNDTA) is an annual program that recognizes outstanding educators in Barbados. Each year, 10 teachers are selected based on community nominations. They win cash prizes along with a place in the RFNDTA Hall of Fame. To date, the program has recognized 100 teachers.
Students, parents, teachers and other community members nominate their pick to win. A Blue-Ribbon Panel of Judges will then review the nominations and select the top ten. The criteria include teaching style and practices, community involvement and contribution to education. The top 10 teachers will be awarded $1,500 each along with a chance to win additional prizes based on community votes. Teachers from all levels- from nursery to tertiary - are eligible. All decisions are final.
Nominations open on November 1st, 2020 and close on November 30th, 2020.
The nomination form is to be completed online using below link of the website:
You will automatically be entered to win a prize when you complete the nomination form. You can get additional chances to win by voting for your favourite teacher on Facebook and liking NDTA sponsor pages. Prizes include $100 cash (one winner selected per week for four weeks) and a grand prize of $500. Previous weekly prize winners are eligible to win the grand prize but are not eligible to win subsequent weekly prizes. Winners will be contacted via the contact details provided on their nomination forms and will have 14 days to claim their prize before another winner is selected. In addition to individual nomination prizes, the school with the most nominations will win $2,000 towards a school development project.
Voting opens February 2021. Follow RF's Facebook page @RFBankTrust for updates.
No, past RFNDTA winners are not eligible. However past nominees are eligible to participate.
Students (current and past) and parents can nominate teachers.
The panel of judges will select winners from both public and private schools across Barbados as follows: two (2) Nursery School Teachers, three (3) Primary School Teachers, two (2) Secondary School Teachers, one (1) Sixth Form Teacher, one (1) Special Needs Teacher and one (1) Tertiary Teacher from Barbados Community College, Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic or Erdiston College.
The decision will be based on the nomination form answers and how the teacher is seen to :
- Inspire enthusiasm for learning and academic excellence.
- Elicit high levels of achievement from students in relation to their abilities.
- Encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning.
- Show a good knowledge of subject matter.
- Have the respect of students and colleagues.
- Communicate well with parents.
- Are always well prepared.
- Contribute to the school and/or community beyond the classroom.
- Seem happy to share everything they know.