A Limpopo teacher has won a global award. Livhalani Bridget Sinyosi, the principal of Dzata Secondary School in Nzhelele East Circuit, Vhembe West District has been named winner of the African Union (AU) Continental Teacher Prize 2020.

The winners were announced during a virtual ceremony held under theme: Schools as development hubs to empower teachers after Covid-19, on 21 December 2020.

The AU Teacher Prize has been established as a means for demonstrating respect for teachers and the teaching profession, by encouraging and celebrating committed teachers in the continent. The prize mechanism shines a spotlight on great teachers and facilitate sharing of their remarkable stories with the world.

Sinyosi the 2019 district and provincial winner of the National Teacher Awards in Secondary School Leadership and ended up at position three at national level. This led to her being nominated for this AU Teacher Prize by the Department of Basic Education.

She has been in the education sector for 25 years, where she has worked as a teacher, departmental head, deputy principal and now principal. This mother of four holds a Masters of Education degree in Curriculum Studies and currently a PhD student of the University of South Africa.

The principal of Dzata Secondary School received the AU award for having demonstrated qualities in engaging in quality teaching, helping students to achieve long term career goals by organizing engagement with relevant agencies, engaging in activities and networks that enhance social and cultural value of learning, and encouraging desirable behavior among students through positive feedback.

Limpopo MEC for Department of Education, Polly Boshielo was thrilled at the announcement. “It is exciting to end the year on such a high note; words are not enough to express how proud we are of the award given to one of our own. Such enormous recognition does not come easy and as such should be appreciated as testament of selfless determination and excellence that we are privileged to see in our teachers.

2020 has not been an easy academic year, however we managed to pull through. This can be mainly attributed to the men and women who manage our schools and continue to overcome obstacles presented by prevailing resource challenges and COVID-19. Congratulations Mme Sinyosi”, said MEC Boshielo.

Thapelo Motseo

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