5th Annual Life Orientation Teacher Appreciation ceremony
9 November 2021
The 5th Annual Life Orientation Teacher Appreciation ceremony was held on World Teachers Day.
The ceremony was a mask-to-mask event ensuring that all COVID-19 protocols were observed. Only the awardees were invited.
The appreciation ceremony was a celebration of the excellent work by teachers with entertainment provided by the Senior Curriculum Planner (SCP) for Music, Keith Tabisher, and Farenaaz Van Der Schyff, a teacher at Alexander Sinton High School.
An array of speakers took the audience’s thinking to another level. The speakers included Head of Education, Brent Walters, the CEO of NAPTOSA in the Western Cape, David Millar, Deputy Director-General (DDG): Education Planning, Salie Abrahams and the founder of the Silikhamva Foundation, Fatima Jakoet.
There were also inputs from Western Cape Education Minister, Debbie Schäfer (via video), DDG: Curriculum and Assessment Management, Haroon Mahomed, and General Education and Training (GET) Chief Education Specialist, Ebrahim Peck. The Life Orientation teachers shared the Life Orientation Teachers Charter with the audience.
The teachers appreciated the acknowledgement and affirmation. There was also an acknowledgement of teachers that had passed away because of COVID-19.
Ismail Teladia, Senior Curriculum Planner for Life Orientation GET, welcomed attendees. PnP donated gift vouchers and snacks to each teacher. Damelin donated a few tablets which were handed out as prizes to the teachers.
Teladia said this appreciation function was undoubtedly an important annual event for all Life Orientation teachers to the extent that teachers go out of their way to attend. Teachers travelled from across the province to be at the function.
There was also a celebration of Subject Advisers and SCPs who celebrated their 60th birthdays. This included Tabisher, Suanne Rampou (SCP for Natural Science), Johrita Hanekom (Subject Adviser (SA): Metro North Education District (MNED) and Fairoez Cassiem (SA: MSED).