Past winners of the Stars in Education Teachers Awards

2008 Stars in Education Winner

Mokone Peter Mofokeng, Motswela Secondary School, Maokeng, Kroonstad
Project: Alternatives to Violence

2008Mr Mofokeng attended the Alternatives to Violence Project’s experiential workshop. From that he knew that he had found his calling. In order to reduce the violence in his school, he completed an advanced workshop where he was trained to facilitate workshops himself. Once he had done the training to the learners at Motswela Secondary School, he went on to train up facilitators at Matseripe Secondary School in Ventersberg. Together they started with 38 participants and by the beginning of 2008 they had 200 learners and teachers who had completed the workshop.

To reinforce and support the learners and teachers they host a monthly “Wisdom Circle” in Kroonstad and Ventersberg. This a two hour gathering to relearn some of the things learned at the workshop and to renew their commitment to being peace makers.

2009 Stars in Education Winner

Mologadi Priscilla Maluleke, Leubaneng Primary School, Marulaleng
Project: Orphan’s and Vulnerable Children

2009Mam Maluleke started this project because learners came to school hungry with torn, old and dirty clothes. Learners were caring for their sick parents, and because of abused learners. Priscilla helped by taking the sick ones to hospital, sewing and washing uniforms of learners, giving them food if they're hungry. She started a vegetable garden to feed orphaned and hungry kids. Vegetables were also sent home to feed families. She teaches the kids poetry, knitting, music, drama, designing cards etc. She holds a Xmas party every year and OVC's gets presents.

2010 Stars in Education Winner

Roslyn Narain, North West Secondary School, Durban.
Project: RAFAL – Roslyn’s Academy for Adult Learning

2010I have the opportunity of teaching the youth by day and elderly by night. I am the founder of RAFAL – Roslyn’s. Academy for Adult Learning – an academy for elderly people who have never been to school. I teach them how to read and write and to take their rightful place in society. The reason for establishing RAFAL is that I recognized a serious need amongst the elderly in my community who were desperate to learn, read and write and I seized this opportunity.

I now have a class of 40 learners between the ages of 55 and 79 years old. It is a rewarding experience to watch them grow and develop mentally. To watch them sign their signatures for the very first time was an emotional achievement. They have a full school curriculum which includes a sporting program, excursions, a debutant ball and graduation.

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2011 Stars in Education Winner

Phuti Ragophala, Madibongo Primary School, Mankweng, Turfloop, Limpopo.
Project: OVC Centre

2011Mrs Phuti Ragophala turned a former dumping site into what she calls a “forest of food” which benefits community members, orphans, nearby orphan homes and neighbouring schools who receive food from this garden. Herbal medicines for various ailments from sores to coughs are made from this garden and supplied to unemployed people. Mrs Ragophala convinced the Department of Agriculture to support a Poultry project, supplying the school with 900 laymash chickens and chicken meat, eggs and poultry manure to the whole community.

Mrs Ragophala also organised computer training for 25 community members to learn to draw up budgets.

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2012 Stars in Education Winner

Thabo Motuang, Bana Pele Primary School, Rustenburg
Project: Thari Mmelegi Orphanage

2012Ms. Thabo Motaung created the Thari Mmelegi Orphanage out of the need for children’s care born out of the loss of parents in their community to HIV/AIDS. When asked what made her start the project, Mary explained that their small community was losing their youth and leaving the aged to look after the orphaned children left behind, often with no income except social grants. This orphanage supplies much needed care for these orphans and therefore assists the elderly in the community by reducing their financial responsibility for the children. The facility provides a safe haven for the children where they are fed and clothed and even offered counseling and medical care. Thabo’s role in this orphanage is an all encompassing one, from securing funding to acquiring sponsors and developing structures – she is a real pillar of this community and is commended for her role.

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2013 Stars in Education Winner

Dungile Maponyane, Bathokwa Secondary, Limpopo
Project: Dungile Training Maths and Science Centre

2013DTMSC is a project that offers maths, science and commerce extra classes for high school learners in Mogalakwena Municipality in the Waterberg District. Vacation camps are held for the learners all over the province. Dungile has dedicated her energy to improving maths achievement in her community; through sheer determination and persistence. She has presented papers about maths education and curriculum changes at international symposia; as well as pursuing her masters; whilst inspiring her former learners to become maths and science teachers who have subsequently returned home to assist her in running these camps.

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