Former and current students celebrate teachers who played pivotal role in shaping their personalities on the 5th October every year.

World Teachers’ Day has been celebrated since 1994 and is held annually to celebrate all teachers around the globe. It commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, which sets benchmarks regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers, and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions. The Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel was adopted in 1997 to complement the 1966 Recommendation by covering teaching personnel in higher education.

The theme of World Teachers’ Day 2021 is ‘Teachers at the heart of education recovery‘ and aims to recognise the tireless efforts of teachers to keep lessons going and ensure minimal disruption to pupils’ learning over the course of the pandemic.

Few days before this year’s teachers’ day, Limpopo department of Education announced winners of the 21st National Teaching Awards on Friday, 1st October 2021.

Among the categories were Excellence in Life Time Achievement and second position was obtained by Ntau Daniel Mosima from Majadibodu High School in Mokuruanyane.

Mosima’s journey dates back over 40 years ago when he grew up in Bangalong, and would later matriculate at Batlhalerwa High School in Shongoane 3.

He would later begin a career in teaching at Tshukudu as Assistance Teacher.

“In 1985 I went to a college and studied Teaching and afterwards went to Ditloung Primary before going to Majadibodu, where I am now.

My role model was my late brother, known as Mashata, who encouraged me to be a police officer and at that time I wished to study law after matric.

Due to poverty I couldn’t pursue that dream.

I also had the guidance of Mr. Sebatjane who was a principal at Tshukudu that time.

He told me I was excellent at teaching and I should follow. I never looked back.”

Mosima went to college where he learnt Mathematics, something he was skillful in and obtained A at the college.

About the competition leading to the award ceremony, he said he didn’t attend previous ones and this was his first time.

“The National Teaching Awards is there to thank teachers for the great work they do and to bring back the dignity of teaching and celebrate them for going extra mile.

Teaching is a mother of all professions and in my 37 years in the field, I don’t get tired of it and don’t do it for money but passion.

After entering this competition, I realized I do a lot of great things that need attention and use this moment to encourage others to enter them so that their work is recognized”, said Mosima.

He said during presentations they use power point to showcase what they have done, as evidence of what one has done and is talking about.

Mosima has since changed the subject of teaching and now teaches Agricultural Science and calls himself a ‘Moving Agricultural Science’.

He also added that teaching goes with times.

“A teacher is a longlife learner and we shouldn’t stick to the past ways of teaching.

We improve teaching but the basics of teaching remain the same and that is why we attend workshops annually to flow with times”, he said.

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