The North West Education and Sport Development department recognized educators for their hard work and dedication during the Seventeenth Provincial National Teaching Awards ceremony held at Vaal Reefs Technical High School at Orkney near Klerksdorp on Saturday.
MEC for education and sport development department, Sello Lehari said The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation proclaimed 5th October to be the World Teachers Day.
“The National Teachers Awards is a platform used by the department to acknowledge and celebrate extraordinary efforts made by teachers when executing their duties. The awards ceremony is the second biggest event in the calendar of the department after the matric result ceremony which is aimed at lifting the morale of the teachers.
“The winners of the National Teaching Awards for the North West Province were, Mary Omarjee from Laerskool Rustenburg Noord from Bojanala District obtained position one on Excellence in Primary School Teaching, Doreen Lekafane from Kgalatlowe Secondary School, at Motlhabe Village also from Bojanala District obtained position one in Excellence in Secondary School Teaching, Sello Sehoole from Mankuroane Secondary School obtained position one in the Secondary School Leadership category, in the Excellence in Grade R Teaching Chantel Naude from R.B. Dithupe obtained the first position, Matlhonolo Kola from Christiana School for the Blind, in Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District obtained position one, on Excellence in Teaching Mathemetics (Further Education and Training) Fazlin Kola from Ziniaville Secondary School in Rustenburg, Bojanala District obtained position one, Andrew Kgwefane from Sedibelo High School obtained position one, whilst Leonard Bremmer from Sol Plaatjie Secondary School in Mafikeng at Ngaka Modiri Molema District obtained position one. Bojanala District was awarded a certificate and the trophy for the best performing district,” Lehari said.
Lehari congratulated the all the winners and motivated those educators who did not obtain position one at provincial level.
“You are indeed good and excellent teachers and good teaching in its own is a reward but teacher appreciation day like this one is to let you know how you have touched the lives of our children. A great teacher is more than just credentials, experience and intelligence. What lies in the heart of a great teacher is kindness and inspiration.
“Remember education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world. Without excellent teacher’s transformation of our country, our economy is a night mare. We commend you for a good head and heart in the mammoth task that you are doing pertaining educating the African child,” he said.
The winners went home with trophies, framed certificates, laptops and bags, stationery packs, Macmillan bag on wheels, water purifier, organiser and dictionary, memory sticks and set of books.
James Ndlebe (National Department of Basic Education Director for Education Management Governance and Development) motivated the educators for making education a reality to the learners.
“We are immensely grateful to all the teachers, principals, parents, learners, School Governing Bodies, individuals and strategic partners who work tirelessly to make quality education a reality in throughout the country,”said Ndlebe.
Mxolisi Bomvana the Councillor for the South Africa Educator Council (SACE) thanked the department for recognizing teachers who work tirelessly on daily basis. He highlighted that despite the difficult challenges teachers are faced with at their schools they remained the epitome of commitment and hard work.