South African woman shortlisted for global teacher prize

A South African woman has been shortlisted for this year’s world’s best teacher prize.

Mokhudu Cynthia Machaba is among the ten shortlisted for the top prize.

She teaches at a primary school in Limpopo in northern South Africa and told the BBC that she wants to raise aspirations among her pupils.

“I introduced project-based teaching knowing that we still have resources to experiment and practical lessons and I also use the indigenous knowledge.

So I knew we grew up doing things a certain way I engaged members of the community to assist in the indigenous ways of doing things so that I can build confidence in them,” she said in the interview.

Ms Machaba also encourages her pupils to aim higher and get to the top in their fields of endeavors.

Last year Kenyan teacher, Peter Tabichi, a member of the Franciscan religious order won the prize for his dedication to work and helping his students.

Every year, one teacher is awarded $1m (£747,000) under the Global Teacher Prize for their contributions to the profession.

Peter Tabichi, a science teacher spoke at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

For years he dedicated his teaching career to helping the less privileged in the communities where he teaches.

The science teacher gives away 80% of his monthly salary to support pupils who lack uniforms and books.

The competition is run by the Varkey Foundation and receives hundreds of applicants.


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