Retired multi-award winning educator, Phuthi Ragophala was recently bestowed an Education Leadership Award by the council of board members of the sixth World Education Congress in Mumbai, India for outstanding leadership and contribution made to the field of education.
Ragophala, a Rotarian, was acknowledged for benchmarking in educational practice and for making a difference in the lives of learners from disadvantaged backgrounds while she was still an educator and principal at Pula Madibogo Primary School in Mankweng.
This is the fourth international award for Ragophala after winning two Microsoft Awards two years ago and the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize Award which she won earlier this year.
According to a statement from World Education Congress, Ragophala played a pivotal role in influencing the evolving culture of education and educational pedagogy, with the objective of deep systemic change. She was a cog in building on a vision and strategies for Higher Education and she also provides exposure to latest education tools, technologies and Solutions,” the statement read.
Ragophala who is currently offering reading and Information Technology lessons (ICT) to learners at her home in Seshego, said she was not expecting the award. “It came by surprise. I am humbled and honored. This was a collective effort, I want to convey my sincere gratitude to the staff of Pula Madibogo Primary School, the learners, parents and other stakeholders for the stunning work we did together. I would not have won the award if it was not for them,” Ragophala said.
Story: Herbert Rachuene