Monday, March 9, 2015

National Teaching Awards 2015

         “Teachers are the custodians of or country’s future”
 Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well
                                       ― Aristotle
 The National Teaching awards were held on Saturday 7th March at the Gallagher Convention Centre.  The awards are the brain-child of the Department of Basic Education who wanted to salute all schools and teachers who entered the National Teaching Awards since 2000. The Department acknowledges their extraordinary efforts, which have been achieved often under very difficult conditions and in service to our children, many of whom come from poor communities. 

 The National Teaching Awards are but one of the ways in which the Department of Basic Education acknowledges and encourages dedicated and caring teachers in their efforts to develop each learner as a citizen of a democratic, non-racial and non-sexist South Africa. 

A teacher - a pillar of support, an epitome of strength, as loving as a mother, as strict as a father, as caring as a friend, a disciplinarian, yet always so approachable and warm at heart. A teacher - a beautiful human being. That's precisely what a teacher is, for every student. Teachers are mentors. They are students' role models. Everything they say feels right. Everything about them looks nice. If you have been lucky to have teachers like these, think... have you thanked them or appreciated them for their noble work? 
 Maybe you never got a chance to. Take it now. There's no need to wait for Teacher's day or any other occasion to thank someone who has meant so much to you - your teacher. Don't hesitate in saying that beautiful word "thank you" to someone as beautiful - your teacher.

Well done to SABC Education who work hand in hand with all stakeholders who made this event so spectacular and successful.  It was extraordinary to see the students being actively involved. 
Do you believe it takes a nation to raise a child?  Raise your hand (SABC Education)

Teachers shape the minds of our children and our future. There really are no words to express gratitude for all they do. Many of them are role models and make a huge difference in the lives of our children.

The objectives of the Ministry of Basic Education through the National Teaching Awards are to:

  • Focus public attention on the positive aspects of Education, thereby raising the public image of the teaching profession.
  • Recognise and promote excellence in teaching performance.
  • Honour dedicated, creative and effective teachers and schools.
  • Encourage best practice in schools.
  • Afford South Africans the opportunity to publicly say thank you to outstanding teams or individual teachers in schools.
The categories are:

  • Excellence in Primary School Teaching
  • Excellence in Secondary School Teaching
  • Excellence in Primary School Leadership
  • Excellence in Secondary School Leadership
  • Excellence in Grade R Teaching
  • Excellence in Special Needs Teaching
  • Excellence in ICT - Enhanced Teaching
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

The awards are:

  • District finalists: Certificates of Excellence
  • Regional/Cluster finalists: Certificates of Excellence
  • Provincial finalists: Certificates of Excellence
  • National finalists: Certificates of Excellence

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires
William Arthur Ward

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