The 11the The annual Blackboard Awards will return on Friday February 3 at the Europa Hotel to celebrate Headmasters, Teachers and Classroom Assistants of Distinction from across Belfast’s communities.

    The Blackboard Awards will recognize primary and post-primary teaching staff who have worked tirelessly to light an educational fire among their students.

    With over 150 nominations and a record year for nominations, categories for special awards at the evening will include Special Needs Education Champion, STEM Teacher of the Year, and cross-community ambassador.

    This year’s Blackboard Awards are proudly sponsored by H&J Martin Asset Management Services and event partners Cirdan, St Mary’s University College, Maritime Belfast, Lidl, FLYNN and Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta.

    40 outstanding educationists will be honored at the celebration, which is a thank you to all those who contribute to the education of children in Belfast, ensuring that schools remain the backbone of Belfast.

    Speaking ahead of the 2023 Blackboard Awards, Belfast Media editor Robin Livingstone said:

    “In these uncertain times, teachers are the rock on which our entire community rests. It is a privilege to be able to shine a light on the inspiring pedagogues who embody the best of Belfast.

    Susan Donnan, Belfast Media Events and Marketing Coordinator, added:

    “The 11th annual Blackboard Awards is a celebration of excellence in education, recognizing the achievements of schools, teachers and support staff who have gone above and beyond to make a positive impact in their communities.”

    Kieron Millar, Managing Director of H&J Martin Ltd, said:

    “H&J Martin Ltd are delighted to be the main sponsor of the 11e Blackboard Annual Awards 2023. Teachers are the backbone of the employment market for companies like ours, so it is a privilege to participate in recognizing their hard work and effort, which which ultimately gives confidence to future employers as they embark on recruitment at all levels.

    Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People Koulla Yiasouma concluded:

    “It is undeniable that these are difficult times for so many children, young people and families as they emerge from the pandemic and grapple with the rising cost of living.”

    “It is to their teachers and education staff that children and young people look for refuge, security and support in these trying times.”

    “That’s why I’m thrilled to be part of this year’s Blackboard Awards, because it’s an opportunity to thank these amazing people for all they do for our children and young people.”

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