Local teacher wins Teachers’ Day competition

2016-10-19 06:00
Phumla Matomela, a teacher at Emafini Primary School, is the overall winner of Woolworths’ 2016 Teachers’ Day competition. Photo: SUPPLIED

Phumla Matomela, a teacher at Emafini Primary School, is the overall winner of Woolworths’ 2016 Teachers’ Day competition. Photo: SUPPLIED

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WOOLWORTHS’ Educational Programmes and MySchool have announced that Phumla Matomela, a fifth grade teacher at Port Elizabeth’s Emafini Primary School, is the overall national winner of the 2016 Teachers’ Day competition.

The annual event, now in its sixth year, promotes UNESCO’s World Teachers’ Day, which took place on October 5, by highlighting the immense difference that teachers can make in young peoples’ lives.

A record number of South African learners from across the country entered the competition to nominate a teacher that has made a difference in their lives.

Matomela was nominated by one of her learners, Iviwe Ntuthu, who credits her teacher as being her hero, role model, mother and sister thanks to endless love, kindness and a shoulder to cry on.

A panel of independent judges took on the task of evaluating more than 13 000 nominations by high school and primary school learners from across the country.

They finally selected four finalists in each of the primary and high school categories.

Matolmela won R25 000 in cash, a R30 000 Woolworths Giftcard, a laptop and an all-expenses paid weekend away with her partner to Durban after the announcement was made at a special awards breakfast at the Oyster Box Hotel.

Iviwe won a R5 000 Woolworths Giftcard for her winning motivation and Emafini Primary School has also been awarded a R5 000 cash prize.

“Woolies and MySchool have played a long-standing role in uplifting education, and we have a deep appreciation for the great work that teachers are doing in our schools,” said Pieter Twine, Woolworths General Manager of Loyalty and MySchool.

“We congratulate Iviwe and especially Ms Matolmela on being our overall 2016 winner. She is an inspiration to all teachers. It gives us great pleasure to recognise the vital status and role that teachers play in our society.”

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