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Awards slide show6 February 2015 - Excellence in teaching, an ICT in education super teacher or a teacher that positively impacts the community? It will all be rewarded in the various ceremonies and competitions that will take place over the next weeks.

The Department of Basic Education will host the 15th Annual National Teaching Awards on 7 March and the CoZa Cares Foundation receives registrations for the Super Teacher of the Year competition until 6 March. Entries can also be submitted and voted for in the Stars in Education Awards until 30 March.


15th Annual National Teaching Awards


The National Teaching Awards are organised by the Department of Basic Education since 2000 to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of schools and teachers, which have been achieved often under very difficult conditions.

With the National Teaching Awards the Department encourages dedicated and caring teachers in their efforts to develop each learner as a citizen of a democratic, non-racial and non-sexist South Africa.

The objectives of the National Teaching Awards are to focus public attention on the positive aspects of education, to recognise and promote excellence in teaching performance, to honour dedicated, creative and effective teachers and schools and to encourage best practice in schools.


Categories and Awards

national teaching awardsThe National Teaching Awards categories are:

  • Excellence in Primary School Teaching
  • Excellence in Secondary School Teaching
  • Excellence in Primary School Leadership
  • Excellence in Secondary School Leadership
  • Excellence in Grade R Teaching
  • Excellence in Special Needs Teaching
  • Excellence in ICT - Enhanced Teaching
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

Winners in each category will receive certificates of excellence as well as prizes donated by the various sponsors.


ISPA Superteacher Of The Year Competition 2015


The ISPA SuperTeacher Competition is an annual competition sponsored by the Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA) and managed by the CoZa Cares Foundation.

ISPA launched the ISPA SuperTeacher Competition in 2001 in association with their Train the Teacher ICT Project. The aim of the competition is to give teachers an opportunity to showcase their skills in using Information Communication Technologies (ICT) to better the educational environment.


Three chances at winning

The prestigious ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year Competition this year awards three winners: the ISPA SuperTeacher award, the ISPA TechTeacher award and the ISPA ChampTeacher award.

The winning teacher is selected on the basis of a portfolio of evidence that showcases their ICT in Education project in one of the following categories:

  • Curriculum integration and classroom management – creative and efficient use of ICT to enhance teaching and learning in the 21st century
  • Effective school leadership and management – innovative use of ICT skills to streamline administrative tasks and activities
  • The school in the community – appropriate use of ICT to strengthen the relationship between your school and the community it serves


Prizes and dates

In addition to the prestigious title, prizes include all-expenses paid at selected ICT in Education conferences as well as laptops and tablets.

The winners in the 2015 ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year Competition will be announced at a Gala Dinner Awards Evening in Capetown, September 2015. The 10 finalists will be advised of the exact date in mid-August.

Registration is now open and will close on Friday 6 March 2015.

The competition will close finally on 31 July 2015 when all completed projects will be evaluated. Once your registration has been approved, you will receive confirmation from the organizers and you will be ready to join us on an exciting journey. Your progress will be monitored throughout the competition, and various deadlines will need to be met along the way. 


Stars in Education Teachers Awards


STARS ED LogoThe Stars in Education Teachers Awards campaign began in 2008 and aims to inspire teachers to go beyond doing a job, to becoming role models to learners, parents and broader society. The campaign recognises that teaching is not limited to content; rather it is an essential process for developing our future leaders, and requires guidance in being of service to others.

Stars in Education recognises and rewards those teachers that go the extra mile for their learners and communities, who are great role models and inspire inside and outside the classroom with their projects.


Past winners

Dungile Maponyane was the 2013 winner for her Dungile Training Maths and Science Centre (DTMSC) offering maths, science and commerce extra classes for high school learners in Mogalakwena Municipality in the Waterberg District. Vacation camps are held for the learners all over the province.

In 2012, the Star in Education was Thabo Motaung for her Thari Mmelegi Orphanage in Rustenburg, in North West. Motaung set up the orphanage to care for children who had lost their parents to HIV and Aids.

In 2011, Phuti Ragophala was the Star in Education. The principal established a community farming project at her school in Mankweng, Limpopo to help impart skills and create jobs for the mostly illiterate locals. She was preceded by Roslyn Narain from Durban for Roslyn's Academy for Adult Learning in 2010.


Prizes, entries and voting

The Top 5 teachers in the competition stand to win their share of R50 000 to go towards the extra-curricular projects that they run. 

Entries for this competition close on Monday 30 March 2015. To enter answer the questions as listed in this brochure  (PDF, 374 KB) and send them in, either online, via email or by fax. Entries can submitted and voted for by anyone who wants to recognise and appreciate the valuable role a teacher plays in shaping their communities. 


More competitions?

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