- South Africa’s favourite Maths teacher, William Smith, was honoured on Thursday with a national order award
- President Cyril Ramaphosa bestowed the prestigious award upon Smith
- Smith received the Baobab in Silver for his pioneering television show, The Learning Channel, which provided a platform for students to learn mathematics and science free of charge
If you were a student during the 1990s, the chances are high that William Smith was your favourite maths teacher.
Smith brought the subjects of mathematics and science to Mzansi’s children with his pioneering television show, The Learning Channel.
News 24 reported that while working as a teacher, Smith initiated the show and sourced financial support for the project.
The show was freely available on SABC 2 and provided children from impoverished backgrounds the opportunity to gain exposure to quality teaching in the notoriously tough subjects.
Now, the exuberant teacher has been honoured with a prestigious national order award.
President Cyril Ramaphosa bestowed the Baobab in Silver on Smith on Thursday.
The category is awarded to excellence in the fields of technological innovation, science, medicine, business and community service.
Briefly.co.za gathered that South Africans celebrated the award with him as the news proved extremely popular via social media.
The Presidency of South Africa shared the news via their twitter account and the post went viral, attracting 7 000 likes in the process.
Smith’s daughter was even on hand to note the glowing tweets and will share it with her legendary father.
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