Livhalani Bridget Sinyosi, the principal of
Dzata Secondary School in Nzhelele East Circuit, Vhembe West District has been
named winner of the African Union (AU) Continental Teacher Prize 2020. The
winners were announced during a virtual ceremony held under theme: Schools as
development hubs to empower teachers after Covid-19, on 21 December 2020.
The AU Teacher Prize has been established as
a means for demonstrating respect for teachers and the teaching profession, by
encouraging and celebrating committed teachers in the continent. The prize
mechanism shines a spotlight on great teachers and facilitate sharing of their
remarkable stories with the world.
Sinyosi the 2019 district and provincial
winner of the National Teacher Awards in Secondary School Leadership and ended
up at position three at national level. This led to her being nominated for
this AU Teacher Prize by the Department of Basic Education.
She has been in the education sector for 25
years, where she has worked as a teacher, departmental head, deputy principal
and now principal. This mother of four holds a Masters of Education degree in
Curriculum Studies and currently a PhD student of the University of South
The principal of Dzata Secondary School
received the AU award for having demonstrated qualities in engaging in quality
teaching, helping students to achieve long term career goals by organizing
engagement with relevant agencies, engaging in activities and networks that
enhance social and cultural value of learning, and encouraging desirable
behavior among students through positive feedback.
Limpopo MEC for Department of Education,
Polly Boshielo was thrilled at the announcement. “It is exciting to end the
year on such a high note; words are not enough to express how proud we are of
the award given to one of our own. Such enormous recognition does not come easy
and as such should be appreciated as testament of selfless determination and
excellence that we are privileged to see in our teachers.
2020 has not been an easy academic year,
however we managed to pull through. This can be mainly attributed to the men
and women who manage our schools and continue to overcome obstacles presented
by prevailing resource challenges and COVID-19. Congratulations Mme Sinyosi”,
said MEC Boshielo.
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