Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who can apply for the INSEA?


The INSEA is open to currently working teachers who teach children that are in compulsory schooling, or are between the ages of five and eighteen. The INSEA is open to Primary and Secondary school teachers in Nigeria. For more information on who can apply for the INSEA please visit our judging criteria and terms and conditions pages:
Judging Criteria
Terms & Conditions



Does the award cater for both public and private schools?

The INSEA is for both public and private school teachers.


Do I have to be based in Lagos to participate?

No, you can participate from any part of the country.


Can I nominate more than one person?

You can nominate more than one person.


Can a self-nominee nominate others?

You can nominate yourself and nominate other people too.

Is it possible to go back and edit my application?

There is a “save and continue later” function for applicants who have not finished to pause and come back to the application later. When you choose this option, you will be need to revisit with the same device to complete your application else you may have to start all over. Once applications are submitted, however, they cannot be edited. It is advisable to save all responses on a word document (Ms.Doc) in case of any technology interruptions and for ease of reference.



How can I be sure you have received my entry?

You will get a pop up message on your screen indicating that your entry has been received.

How can I change my entry?

You will have an opportunity to save changes and check your entry before submission. Once you submit, you cannot change your entry.

How do I get notification/s as a nominee or applicant?

You will receive an email with a link for registration once you have been nominated.

I do not meet up to the requirements this time. Will I have an opportunity next year?

The INSEA is an annual event.


How would I know if I’ve qualified for the Top 10?


If you have been shortlisted into the top 10 finalists, you will receive an email from us notifying you. However, if you do not receive an email by the end of March, it unfortunately means you have not made it through to the top 10 finalists.

Can I apply in my native language?

The only language currently available for application is English.

Can I apply offline/send things in?

Applications should be sent in online, through our website. However, a full application sent in to Meadow Hall Foundation and received by the deadline is acceptable.

How many years of experience do you need?

A minimum of 3 years teaching experience is required for teachers while a minimum of 5 years experience leading in a school or 5 years in education and 2 years in school leadership experience.


Does the winner get the money all in one go?

The INSEA money will be paid in one instalment.. For more information, please check our terms and conditions.


When are the INSEA winners announced?

The winners are announced in April during the Education Convention/INSEA event held in Lagos.



What is the selection process for the top 10 finalists?



Once applications are submitted, they will be reviewed & scored by the INSEA planning committee who will select the top 50 finalists in each category (teacher & school leaer). The INSEA planning committee will then further review the top 50 finalists and select the top 20 finalists in each category. Next, a panel of seasoned educators & auditors selects our top 10 finalists and then our highly esteemed judges select the top winner in each category through a face to face interview and subject to additional screening, background and reference checks. Please note, applicants will only be judged based on the information requested on their application forms and information collected by INSEA from their schools. No unsolicited materials posted or emailed to us will be looked at during the judging process.

Do I have to teach in a formal classroom?

The INSEA is open to currently working teachers (full-time or part-time) who teach children that are in compulsory schooling, or are between the ages of five and eighteen. For more information on who can apply for the INSEA, please visit our judging criteria and terms and conditions pages.


Who chooses the INSEA winners?

A panel of evaluators comprised of seasoned educators selects the top 10 finalists in each category and then our highly esteemed panel of judges selects the top winners in each category (teacher and school leader).


Will I be told if my application is unsuccessful?

If you do not get feedback by the last week in March, you have been unsuccessful in progressing through to the TOP 10 in your category.



How do you pick the Judges for your competition?

Our panel of judges are people of integrity who have diverse backgrounds and all believe that education is the key to societal development.

Members of our panel of Judges were selected based on their character and participation in using education as a tool for national development.