- Rhodes University is set to honour legendary maths and science teacher William Smith with a degree of Doctor of Laws
-The iconic instructor is remembered by millions for teaching mathematics and science on the popular SABC 2 Learning Channel back in the 1990s
- In 2019, Smith was awarded the Order of the Baobab by President Cyril Ramaphosa in recognition for his services to teaching and for his "demystification of mathematics and science"
Rhodes University will honour renowned mathematics and science teacher William Smith at its 72nd graduation ceremony on the 28th of April. The TV icon is most well remembered for helping South African youth with their maths and science homework on SABC 2'S popular Learning Channel back in the 1990s.
The maths and science enthusiast, who hails from Grahamstown, is a Rhodes University alumnus. Smith will be awarded a degree of Doctors of Laws at the expected ceremony for his contribution to education.
The teacher and avid conservationist, who up until 2004 owned Featherbed Nature Reserve in Knysna, is definitely not a one-trick pony. Smith judged the 1998 and 1999 Miss South Africa pageants and was voted one of South Africa's 100 most influential people back in 2004.
For over 25 years the instructor taught millions of school children who for many televised learning was the only real access to education. For his contribution to the lives of so many South African children, we here at Briefly News applaud the work of William Smith with gratitude.
Meanwhile, Briefly News previously reported a good teacher is like candlelight, consuming itself to gently light the way for others. One man touched by a similar light took to showing his former primary school teacher some well-deserved appreciation after almost 40 years of no contact.
The school teacher's sister witnessed the tear-jerking moment when the now fully-grown man made the uncommon but extremely kind gesture of thanking his educator all these years later. She writes:
"...This touched me so much l had to post it. This is a picture of my sister, a retired school teacher, and her former student. She taught him 40 years ago. He made sure that he traced my sister after so many years to come and give her a gift as a sign of gratitude for the part she played in his life. l am staying."
Fellow 'stayers' made sure to show the kind man some appreciation. Read some of their comments below:
Busisiwe Mbele said:
"Woow, it means she was a good teacher, God bless her."
Penney Wentzel said:
"An unbreakable bond."
Magdalena Bronkhorst said:
"That is awesome... shows what an impact teachers really have on the lives of children."
Sheila Hokwana said:
"What a rare act of appreciation. Well done. Siyambongela."
Moses Khoza said:
"Ten lepers were healed. Only one returned to the Healer (Jesus) to give thanks. This man on the pic is a vivid TWIN of that healed leper. He has such golden heart!!! His actions deserve emulation. BRAVO MAN!!!!"
Zonke Sobekwa said:
"Surely she build his self esteem, confidence, boldness & evoked his inner abilities. That's why he can't forget her. Whatever he has achieved in life it's because of what she did to mould his future."
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