“Teachers should continuously develop themselves as they have an obligation to make a positive difference in the lives of their pupils” said Prof Oupa Lebeloane, Director of the School of Educational Studies in the College of Education (CEDU) during a teacher’s workshop held in Hazyview, Mpumalanga. He emphasized the need for teachers to be committed, disciplined and focused in order to develop themselves.
The Life Orientation Teachers’ Workshop was organised by the Mpumalanga Sub-region in collaboration with Unisa Corporate Communication and Marketing (CC&M) and CEDU. In his opening address Mr Kagiso Mekoa, Student Counsellor (Nelspruit Office) highlighted some of the challenges faced by learners who come from broken families and therefore depend fully on teachers to help them to become better people for the future. 110 Life Orientation teachers from Bohlabela District attended the workshop.
The keynote address was delivered by Mrs Nelly Lekgau, Provincial Coordinator for Inclusive Education and a teacher by training from the Department of Education, Mpumalanga Province. She spoke passionately about the current situation facing the teachers in the area. In her speech titled: Who you are in this institution? she further motivated the teachers to focus on achieving quality throughout all life phases and to take the Life Orientation (LO) subject seriously.” Never allow other teachers to take the LO periods and use them for other subjects that are considered to be difficult. Our learners lack enrichment and it is us who can turn things around as Life Orientation teachers are life savers” she said in conclusion.
Mrs Mandu Makhanya from Unisa Student Counselling and Career Development urged teachers to treat pupils with care and emphasised that the leaner of today needs to be understood, accepted, respected and included. She also advised teachers to positively influence peer groups as most learners are influenced by their friends to do either good or bad.
In his closing remarks Dr C. S Mkhabela indicated that the Mpumalanga Provincial Government has allocated funds for bursaries in scarce skills. He advised teachers to continue to learn in order to be up to date with developments in their field.
By Achieve Ubisi and Segopotje Julian Leshilo