Video Shows How Mzansi Teacher Wears Torn Socks to Make Learners Feel Included Despite Their Hardships

Video Shows How Mzansi Teacher Wears Torn Socks to Make Learners Feel Included Despite Their Hardships

  • A video of a teacher and her learners rocking torn socks in class has gone viral on social media
  • The teacher revealed that she decided to wear torn stockings herself to make them feel included and not embarrassed
  • The passionate teacher told Briefly News about how her act was out of compassion as she could relate to poverty
  • The post touched and inspired many South African netizens who praised the teacher for her loving nature

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A Mzansi teacher took to social media to share how her learners inspired her after noticing a number of them wearing torn socks to school.

Mzansi teacher wears torn socks in video
In a TikTok video, a teacher wore torn socks to support her learners. Image: @lerato_lerata/TikTok
Source: TikTok

Teacher goes the extra mile to make learners feel included

A video posted on TikTok by @lerato_lerata shows her and her learners twiddling their toes and feet before the camera as they show their torn socks.

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According to the post, @lerato_lerata was moved to also wear torn stockings to make all the learners feel included and not feel embarrassed about their challenges.

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"It takes a BIG heart to help shape young minds," the teacher wrote.

Teacher shares about her humble upbringing and love for children

The dedicated teacher spoke to Briefly News about what moved her to wear torn socks to school.

@lerato_lerata said that she was reminded of how difficult life was when she was a child by watching her learners grow up in poverty and without parents.

"I know exactly how it feels to only eat at school, to arrive at school without shoes, and to wear dirty clothes. I am familiar with how it feels to be taunted and ridiculed for not dressing appropriately like other kids.

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"Due to the fact that our teachers at the time were extremely rigorous and worked to undermine rather than boost our confidence. I then reminded myself that I am here to shape the future of black children, and that if I can overcome my own poverty, then others will be able to do the same," said @lerato_lerata who studied teaching by chance but soon fell deeply in love and became passionate about children.

By showing that it is okay to wear torn socks, she is helping to break down the stigma associated with poverty and financial hardship. This can help to create a more supportive and accepting environment for all learners.

Mzansi commends teacher on positive impact on learners

Many netizens expressed a heartfelt appreciation for the woman's gesture, commending her on working so well with the children she teaches.

Read some of the comments below:

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"Ama2000 teacher's are lovely."

Mrs Mukwevho commented:

"I love this. Now imagine a child coming back from school saying 'Mama I no longer want my new socks'."

Brian B said:

"That's how we inspire kids so that they don't feel like they are suffering."

Bino commented:

"These kids will never forget you."

Khosi wrote:

"The bullying in our kids schools has no place anymore."

Riahriley replied:

"Imagine my baby telling me that the teacher said we must wear old torn socks I would call you same time."

TikTok video of playful teacher playing jump rope with pupils goes viral

In another story, Briefly News reported that a teacher left South Africans in awe of his playful spirit after sharing a video of him bonding with his pupils over a game of jump rope.

A video posted by @stebana_172 shows him jumping rope with impressive skill, with his pupils watching him closely.

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"Learners of today are very lucky to have teachers like us," the teacher captioned the post.

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