CTLI launches teacher appreciation campaign
29 July 2021
The Cape Teaching and Leadership Institute (CTLI) has launched a teacher appreciation campaign for 2021 in the run-up to World Teachers Day on 5 October.
The launch coincided with the 5th edition of the CTLI’s PowerHour Webinars. The theme was “Leading without a title”. Prof Jonathan Jansen from Stellenbosch University was the guest speaker and he shared valuable tips, appropriate examples and personal experiences around leadership in education.
Gavin De Bruyn, Acting Director: CTLI, said the teacher appreciation campaign was a tribute to teachers for ensuring quality education for every child in every classroom in every school in the province.
The first video in the series acknowledged a teacher for the wonderful work he was doing in teaching technology in education. The video featured Adam-Matt Boltney from Kalkfontein Primary School in Kuils River.
As a young teacher, he has only been in education for six years, but has already made a huge impact at his school.
Kalkfontein Primary School Principal, Allan Van Niekerk, described Boltney as a dedicated teacher and a pillar of strength on the staff. As the school’s e-Champion, Boltney was responsible for leading and coordinating the ICT Committee.
Under his leadership the IT infrastructure at the school was properly managed. He ensured that the computer lab was always functional and ready for other educators to use.
Boltney was also in charge of the Smart Classroom equipment and ensured that teachers were properly trained to use it. The school was in the process of setting up a website and Boltney also leads this project.
He distinguished himself an accomplished facilitator and trainer for the Metro East Education District as well as for the CTLI. At the CTLI he is the specialist Smart Classroom trainer and during lockdown he started to mentor online courses.
Van Niekerk was very complimentary about the fact that Boltney shared his knowledge and skills liberally with his fellow colleagues at school. Boltney is the ‘go-to-person’ for all IT or ICT Integration training or advice and he was at the forefront to train the staff in Microsoft Teams and Zoom at the onset of COVID-19 pandemic.
Boltney recently started a coding club at the school and he taught about 170 Grade 7 learners coding and robotics after school hours.
June Leo, the head girl of the school, shared her experience in the coding club. Watch the video here.
Christo Davids, ICT Integration Coordinator at the CTLI, said apart from Boltney, they “wanted to acknowledge and celebrate all teachers who commit and dedicate themselves to the integration of technology in teaching and learning. And by so doing contribute towards quality education for every child in every classroom in every school in the province.”
The recording of the webinar and the teacher appreciation video is available on the link below: