- A Limpopo teacher is being recognised as she was named a top 10 finalist for the Global Teacher Prize 2020
- Mokhudu Cynthia Machaba was shortlisted from over 12 000 entrants from over 140 countries in the world
- The prize is awarded to the individual who made an outstanding contribution to the teaching profession and they receive $1 million
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A Limpopo teacher has been named a top 10 finalist for the Global Teacher Prize 2020. Mokhudu Cynthia Machaba is a Foundation phase teacher at Ngwanamago Primary School. Machaba was shortlisted after being selected from over 12 000 nominations.
The nominations come from over 140 countries around the world. The Global Teacher Prize offers a $1 million award. It is awarded to the individual who made an outstanding contribution to the teaching profession.
The South African Council for Educators (SACE) took to Facebook to congratulate Machaba on this momentous achievement. They added an image of Machaba and part of the caption read: "We hope more teachers look up to you and follow in your footsteps."
According to Limpopo News, Limpopo MEC for Department of Education, Polly Boshielo said they were proud of Machaba for making it to the finals and that they are rooting for her to be the overall winner. Boshielo shared some important information as well:
"She (Machaba) started with just a single cellphone for internet access in class and went on to win prizes for integrating ICT in the classroom," she said.
In other news about teachers making waves, Briefly.co.za previously reported on an African educator who teaches people around the world. A maths teacher based in Lagos, Nigeria, identified as Basirat Olamide, has devised a way to teach both Nigerian and international students online amid the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown of many countries.
The Nigerian woman offers free mathematics classes online via various social media networks, namely Twitter, WhatsApp and Instagram. According to the report, after almost six months, more than 1 800 Nigerian and international students at different levels are taking her classes.
Basirat usually only gives her students homework after they have watched her short maths videos and responded to questions. Basirat said the online teaching has made her feel that she can actually teach the whole world mathematics.
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