Local teacher wins lifetime award again

2009-11-12 00:00

FOR the past three years, Kharina Secondary teacher Veena Ramdeen (54) has successfully held on to the regional crown of the Life Time Achievement Awards, a category of the National Teaching Awards.

Last week, she had the honour of meeting President Jacob Zuma and Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga at a gala dinner in Pretoria where she took third position at the national level of the competition.

Ramdeen said she was nominated by the school’s governing body and other staff members for her many years of service and contribution to education.

According to her collegues, her achievements in 32 years of teaching include fostering links between non-governmental organisations in the schools where she has worked and promoting social outreach and women’s empowerment programmes.

Ramdeen said she got into education by default.

“Avenues of exploring higher education when I left school were very limited. I couldn’t enter certain universities … the only bursaries that were available were those for teaching.”

But today, she has no regrets. Teaching has become her passion.

Her wide range of teaching experience includes lecturing at tertiary level and teaching pupils with special needs.

“Education is about molding and developing the country’s human resources, which is our youth, to become useful citizens …”

Though she has seen many changes in education, Ramdeen said she has remained a lifelong learner and researcher, which has seen her changing her approach to teaching to accommodate “this generation”.

Ramdeen won a notebook laptop, a R20 000 bursary and an additional R20 000, which will be used for teacher development at the school.

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