Awards show appreciation

2018-11-07 06:03
Handing over the Nelson Mandela Lifetime Achievement award are, from the left, Ben van Rooyen (Old Mutual), Martha Bartlett (MEC for Education), Sylvia Lucas (Northern Cape premier), Catherine Masiane of the Boitshoko Primary School (recipient of the award), Kenneth Calvert (Liberty Life) and Dr Michelle Ishmael (deputy director-general at the Department of Education). Photos: Refilwe Sekwati

Handing over the Nelson Mandela Lifetime Achievement award are, from the left, Ben van Rooyen (Old Mutual), Martha Bartlett (MEC for Education), Sylvia Lucas (Northern Cape premier), Catherine Masiane of the Boitshoko Primary School (recipient of the award), Kenneth Calvert (Liberty Life) and Dr Michelle Ishmael (deputy director-general at the Department of Education). Photos: Refilwe Sekwati

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This year’s Nelson Mandela Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed on Catherine Masiane at the Northern Cape Teaching Awards, held at the Mitah Se­perepere Convention Centre on 29 October.

Masiane, who teaches Gr. 4 Tswana and Gr. 6 Life Skills at the Boitshoko Primary School in Kimberley, has served the teaching fraternity for 32 years.

She previously won awards for the eco-school project she has been coordi­nating for eight years at Boitshoko.

Her passion for teaching started in her high school days.

“I used to be a Sunday school teacher and that is where my love for working with children began,” said Masiane.

She said she felt honoured to be acknowledged with such an award and pleased that her contribution in the field had been recognised. She expressed the hope that this would motivate other teachers.

Awards were also given in the following categories:

  • Excellence in Primary School Teaching;
  • Excellence in Primary School Leadership;
  • Excellence in Secondary School Teaching;
  • Excellence in Secondary School Leadership;
  • Excellence in Gr. R Teaching;
  • Excellence in Inclusive Education and Special Needs Teaching;
  • Excellence in ICT Enhanced Teaching;
  • Excellence in Mathematics Teaching; and
  • Excellence in Science Teaching.

It has been 18 years since the conceptualisation and launch of the awards, which aim to raise awareness, understanding and appreciation for the contribution teachers make to education and development across the country.

I used to be a Sunday school teacher and that is where my love for working with children began.

– Catherine Masiane

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