Teachers’ way paved

2018-01-31 06:00
Ronel TsoutePhoto: Supplied

Ronel TsoutePhoto: Supplied

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A young woman aspiring to be a teacher has been awarded a scholarship to fulfil her dream.

Ronel Tsoute (19), who comes from the small Free State town of Luckhoff, is one of the two lucky recipients in the country awarded the scholarship.

The other candidate is Timone Daniel from Vredendal in the Western Cape.

Both are benefitting from the Dream2Teach Scholarship Fund, an initiative set up through MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet. Launched last year, the scholarship was set up with the chief objective of helping to address the teacher shortage crisis in South Africa.

The scholarship will enable Tsoute to achieve her dream of becoming a foundation phase teacher.

“I want to be the kind of teacher who always inspires my learners. I want to ensure my learners make it in life. I want to help however I can – even on a personal level,” says Tsoute.

She says her personal goal was to be a successful teacher who can help her class achieve a 100% pass rate.

Helene Brand, marketing and community social investment manager for MySchool, says the scholarship fund was made possible through the support of consumers swiping their cards when purchasing items at participating retailers.

“What’s important to note is that the impact of one dedicated teacher affects generation after generation of children. By fulfilling their dreams, Ronel and Timone have the potential to impact positively on many thousands of learners,” says Brand.

“South Africa needs 22 000 new teachers every year, but only around 15 000 qualify each year. Almost three quarters of our teachers are over 40 years old, and it is clear that we won’t have enough teachers to replace those who retire in the next 10 or 20 years.”

The Dream2Teach Scholarship Fund has partnered with the Make a Difference Leadership Foundation to comprehensively support Daniel and Tsoute throughout the four years of study.

“We are impressed with their potential to not only qualify as the outstanding teachers South Africa is in need of, but to become future leaders in their communities and our country,” says Francois Pienaar, chairperson of Make a Difference.

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