The Vodacom Foundation made good on its commitment to promote excellence in education and reward those who share their passion for the cause last Wednesday when a local educator was presented with a brand new car by Vodacom Limpopo.
Linda Khoza, an educator at Capricorn High School, was given a Chevy Spark 1.2 after she received the Excellence Award in Teaching Physical Science during the 17th National Teacher Awards in March. The annual awards is an opportunity to show appreciation for educators who go the extra mile towards creating responsible, active citizens
The foundation sponsors three of the 12 categories contested for awards namely Mathematics, Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning and Lifetime Achiever. These category winners each received a car from the Vodacom Foundation which invested R724 000 in support of the awards.
Chris Lazarus, Managing Executive Vodacom Limpopo, at the handover said they were proud of Khoza, the work she does and her achievement.
“On behalf of Vodacom our hearty congratulations to all the category winners and other finalists. As an investor in the country and partner of the Department of Basic Education our goal is to ensure that educators throughout the country are encouraged and motivated. Investing in education is key to the success of improving education standards in South Africa,” Lazarus said.
Khosa was elated to receive the car and thanked everyone, including Vodacom, her learners, parents, colleagues and the school management for their support. “I also want to thank Education MEC, Ishmael Kgetjepe for the authority and trust invested in us to teach these future leaders, engineers, scientists and innovators who will add value to our country, the continent and the global world,” Khoza said.
Kgetjepe congratulated Khoza and said other educators should learn from her because she found her interest and pursued it to attain excellence. “We are proud that among our pool of educators we have people in the template and character of Khoza. She has shown the whole country that Limpopo is home to winners and stars. She has made us all tremendously proud for plying her trade with such dedication and distinction,” Kgetjepe said.
He also said that Khoza had played a pivotal role in improving the Grade 12 Mathematics and Physical Science results last year. “Limpopo continues to produce top learners in these subjects nationally each year. There has also been an increase in learners who register for these subjects. Because of the hard work put in by people like Ms Khoza the province has, according to the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Studies Report, registered the highest improvement of all nine provinces in both subjects for grades 5 and 9 respectively,” Kgetjepe said.
He thanked Vodacom and said other role players should emulate the foundation by coming on board and support schools and educators to operate optimally.
Khoza said she was going to use her car every day hoping to inspire others and make the message clear that hard work does pay.
Story and photos: Herbert Rachuene