The ministry of education, arts and culture hosted its regional awards ceremony at the Danie Joubert Combined School Hall on 31 July in Okahandja.
Sonia Kasonde, a grade three teacher, won the award for the world’s largest lesson. The requirements of this award were to produce a perfect lesson with the necessary media and teaching aids appropriate for learners of the specific grade to understand.
“Teaching has become a profession where people complain and neglect teachers a lot and don’t value their efforts. But being awarded boosted my inner self again. I chose teaching because I felt a connection with kids. I realised I can teach them to acquire knowledge. It makes me happy to see my students succeeding in life,” Kasonde said.
Annelize von Francois, a grade four teacher who teaches social studies, natural science, arts, ICT and physical education, won the award for champion educator in integrated physical education and school sports for development in the Hardap Region.
“Without self-discipline, success is impossible, period. Sport develops hard work and an attitude to never give up. It brings out positive energy and inspires confidence in yourself and others,” Von Francois said.
“Teaching is not something that anyone can do. I became what I always wanted to be and achieved what I dreamed of: teaching young minds the value of knowledge. I love teaching children in terms of helping them, encouraging, giving advice, training and coaching,” Von Francois said.
The award for the World’s Largest Lesson Namibian Prize was awarded to Achanti Titus, a grade eight and nine geography and physical science teacher. The requirements in this category were to choose a lesson to be presented worldwide with many requirements and topics around sustainable development, interrelated with the chosen subject.
“I have to say thank you to my team who helped me to achieve this award, Mr L Moller and Mrs Gawanas. They have been my motivation and driving force, and of course the learners of grade 6B. When you look into those promising young eyes of learners in front of you, you can’t help but to mould and shape them for a bright future. They motivate me every day in my teaching career because it is awesome to see the children grow from learner to student to grownup. To know that somehow you were an inspiration and a role model to those little ones who have grown,” Titus said.
“Honestly speaking, it was not my dream to become a teacher, but today I don’t regret being one. I’m so privileged to be a teacher, because our Master taught, and He was the greatest teacher. I see it this way: one child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world. Without teachers, life would have no class. It is with great emancipation and passion that I plant the seed of knowledge, sprinkle them with love and patiently nurtures their growth to produce tomorrow’s dreams,” Titus said.