Lindiwe Gumede, an Embury Institute for Teacher Education alumni and a teacher at Vondlo Primary School in the remote Enseleni region of the province, never thought she would become a recipient of the Department of Basic Education’s National Teaching Award.
But she did.
Lindiwe scooped the prestigious award in the Early Childhood Development (ECD) category.
“Research has shown that children who experience a formal ECD education perform better at school and tend to have better employment opportunities later in life,” Embury’s CEO, Johan Human said.
While on a DoE bursary, Lindiwe graduated cum laude from Embury in Durban in 2014 with a Bachelor of Education Foundation Phase.
Ironically she didn’t want to be a teacher.
“Many of my family members are teachers, and they often encouraged me to follow in their footsteps,” she said.
But during her school years, her teachers often asked her to help her fellow classmates with certain aspects of the lesson. It was then that she started to develop teaching skills without even knowing it.
Talking of her love of teaching, Lindiwe said: “It’s something that just comes naturally. It has its challenges, but it’s still fun.
“I learn something new every day – you generally do when you teach children who come from varying backgrounds.”
Vondlo Primary schools about 1500 pupils, mostly from Enseleni township.
The award has given Lindiwe and teachers in general, ammunition to debunk perceptions that the standard of education in rural or township areas is not as high as in the urban areas. – 701198