Modimolle Primary School teacher Daphney Matshidiso Thoka obtained third place at the provincial level of the NTA. Photo: Mzamane Ringane
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Modimolle Primary School educator Daphney Matshidiso Thoka who recently won an award of Excellence in Primary School teaching at the Waterberg District level, continued to obtain third place at the provincial leg of the awards where she was representing the Waterberg District.
The provincial National Teaching Awards (NTA) ceremony was held on Thursday, 13 October at Bolivia Lodge in Polokwane.
The 17th annual NTA served to recognize excellence in the teaching profession across South Africa.
Thoka said she was delighted to be selected as part of the top three educators in the whole province.
She said although she will not be advancing to the national level, it is not the end of the journey as she will begin to prepare herself for next year’s competition.
“This achievement will help me to remain focused and determined. It also encourages me to put more efforts and achieve both my needs and those of my learners. As I am also involved in several programmes like among others, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and ISPA Super Teachers, I am gaining a lot of information that benefit myself, the learners, educators, school management and the community at large,” she said.
Thoka recently attended EduWeek conference and the Digital Education Show in Africa conference, which she hopes will also contribute positively towards her teaching career.
“I would like to thank the Grade 1 educators who were looking after my learners when I was attending all these programmes. My coordinator Doctor Maluleke and Principal Raisibe Ramaloko supported me financially to make sure that the teacher development issue is addressed. They also encouraged me to keep up the work and uplift the name of our school. I would not have done it if it was not for the support of my family and my friend Mokhudu Machaba who is my mentor in these programmes,” she continued.
Thoka also took the opportunity and thanked God for the blessings, which helped her remain positive in her journey.
In conclusion, the Modimolle educator encouraged fellow educators to be involved in programmes that will benefit their schools and the broader community.
She said it is important for educators to be computer literate because ICT (Information and Communications Technology) is here to stay and it is an important part of the current education system.
16 months ago 03 November 2016