- A local teacher has Mzansi feeling inspired with the way that she is defying female stereotypes
- Philile Shabalala is the only female teacher at the school she works at
- She teaches woodworking and the students love learning how to make things with their hands
A teacher at Hodisa Technical Secondary School, Philile Shabalala, is smashing stereotypes with her woodworking classes.
According to Beautiful News South Africa, Philile is the only teacher at the school who is a woman.
“People didn't think I had the capabilities to do such a job … I’m a woman working in a male-dominated industry and I’m producing results that are quality,” Philile proudly said.
The students at the school love Philile’s class and are always excited to see what the inspiring teacher will show them how to make next.
Philile’s main focus is building her students’ skills, as well as their confidence.
The learners are taught how to make a variety of amazing wood products, from coffee tables to models of bigger projects like roofs.
Briefly.co.za found out that Philile studied Civil Technology and then went on to learning woodwork, which she ended up excelling in.
Philile now inspires young woman to also break the mould and follow their dreams.
The woodworking teacher has 6 girls in her grade 12 class, all of whom are interested in pursuing Engineering.
“I believe everyone has the capability … You can do it and you can succeed,” Philile said.
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