PfP principals shine at 2019 education awards

Three principals who have completed the Partners for Possibility leadership development programme collected notable awards at this year’s National Teaching Awards and National School Nutrition Programme Awards

Ronald Frans, Principal of Klapmuts Primary in the Western Cape - Winner of the Nelson Mandela Lifetime Achievement Award

‘’That moment I won, it felt like I just played and won against the All Blacks in New Zealand!’’

These were the words of an emotional Ronald Frans after he was announced as winner of the Nelson Mandela Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Teaching Awards held in Johannesburg on 16 February 2019.

Ronald was recognised for the remarkable impact he has made throughout his teaching career in the school community that he diligently serves.

The tenacious Klapmuts Primary principal has worked constantly to ensure that the school plays a vital role in uplifting the community and giving its learners the hope that they will rise above their circumstances and fulfil their potential as productive members of South African society.


Richard Okhaa, Principal of Sishen Intermediate School in the Northern Cape - First runner-up for the Kader Asmal Award

At the same ceremony, Richard Okhaa scooped second place in this prestigious category that acknowledges the role of the late former minister of education in reconfiguring South Africa’s education system and recognises educators who demonstrate the fundamental values that were a hallmark of Professor Asmal’s leadership.

Principal Okhaa was honoured for his commitment to successfully broadening the curriculum for the learners in his school. The elated principal expressed his gratitude for the support he has received through PfP and remarked that:

 ‘’This gives me an opportunity to enter the global Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) competition held by UNESCO every year.”

Now its 19th year, the National Teaching Awards was conceptualised and pioneered by Professor Asmal in 2000.

The awards’ overarching objective is to highlight positive contributions to basic education by recognising and promoting excellence in teaching, encouraging best practice in schools, and affording South Africans an opportunity to thank outstanding teams and individual teachers for their service.

Sefako Mapogo Makgatho Primary School in Gauteng - First prize: National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) Best Schools and Districts Awards

At this year’s NSNP Awards, Sefako Mapogo Makgatho Primary School collected the R500,000 first prize for its noteworthy approach to improving the implementation of the NSNP.

The DBE, in partnership with the Tiger Brands Foundation, presented the award to Principal Jane Tsharane at a ceremony held on 1 March 2019 at the Lakes Hotel and Conference Centre in Benoni.

Dubbed by Jane as the ‘’township school of choice,’’ Sefako Mapogo Makgatho Primary went on from winning the district leg of the competition to achieving first place at national level.

‘’The township school of choice is at it again – unshakeable and unstoppable. Thank you to my team!’’ exclaimed the overjoyed principal on social media.

The NSNP awards honour schools and districts that continue to demonstrate the promotion of nutrition and physical education in schools. The awards ceremony coincided with the annual Africa Day of School Feeding and was the culmination of the fourth annual NSNP Forum.

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