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Local teacher wins Ispa award

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Motjatji Molepo, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Teacher at Pula Madibogo Primary School in Mankweng area was named Internet Service Providers’ Association of SA (Ispa) Superteacher of the Year in Cape Town last Thursday.
Molepo was adjudged the teacher who had used newly acquired knowledge in a way that had made the most positive impact on learners, her colleagues and her community.
Molepo’s project called “Techno reading goes viral through Skype” is about teaching Grade 3 to 6 learners how to use ICT skills to boost their command of the basic but key skills of reading and writing.
According to judges the project was especially worthwhile in that it enabled learners to communicate in real time with an American philanthropist Julie Hambree who had previously donated books to the school.
Molepo follows in the footsteps of her Principal, Phuti Ragophala who she says has inspired her since she joined the school in 2008.
Ragophala won the award in 2011 and according to Molepo she was the one who encouraged her to enter the competition. “I was reluctant to enter the competition, but she always encouraged me and I want to dedicate the award to her,” Molepo said.
Molepo competed with eight teachers from other provinces offering ICT Subjects at their schools.
The Ispa Super Teacher Competition is acknowledged as the foremost ICT in education competition for South African Teachers.
Her prizes include a trophy, two certificates, sponsored attendance at a national education conference secheduled for next year in Cape Town and Mustek’s donation of an ES500 BenQ projector and an e Ben classroom tool.

Herbert Rachuene
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