Teaching passion stretches decades

2015-06-30 06:00
Dulcie “Aunty Dulcie” Jacobs (80) reads a story to pupils in her class at Dryden Primary School. She has been teaching for 63 years.


Dulcie “Aunty Dulcie” Jacobs (80) reads a story to pupils in her class at Dryden Primary School. She has been teaching for 63 years. PHOTO: Tiyese Jeranji

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Dulcie Jacobs celebrated her eightieth birthday on Saturday last week and she says she still has the strength to go to class and help primary school children.

She says educated children mean a better country. That is why, even though she retired 20 years ago, she still goes to Dryden Primary School in Salt River.

She is affectionately known as Aunty Dulcie at the school as she is the oldest of anyone at the school. She teaches English.

Having been a teacher for the past 63 years, she believes children must be educated and their teachers must know their challenges.

She says it’s fun working with children. It makes her happy to see them succeed. Aunty Dulcie says she went back to teach at Dryden Primary School as it’s close to her heart. She taught at the school for 28 years.

“I love working with kids. Helping them read and understand makes me complete. I sleep better at night knowing that I have changed someone’s life,” she says.

Aunty Dulcie believes the problem nowadays is that teachers are not giving children the attention they need.

“Most teachers don’t take time to understand their pupils. The problem that one is going through is not the same with the next one. These kids come with a lot of baggage and it’s our duty as teachers to understand and help. If teachers pay attention to their kids it will be a better thing because they will teach with understanding. I love children and I make sure that I understand their problems,” she says. Walking around the class, she says she is proud of changing lives.

“English is a very strange language and in this school we have kids who have English as their third language, so it’s not easy for them. That’s where I step in,” she says.

Vice-principal Cedric Joubert says Aunty Dulcie is a hard-working person who is very passionate about what she does.

“She never stops working. She is so eloquent and teaches with so much love. She is an epitome of courage, strength and great service. We have a good rolemodel and we are glad that we can all learn from her,” he says

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