CoZa Cares – it really does! A few days with their Super Teachers showed us exactly how and why.
Mention the word ‘education’ to any South African and everyone shakes their heads in dismay and despair. The system is faulty and there are massive obstacles to overcome but I recently learnt of a pocket of inspiration which gives hope for the future of our young people.
The CoZa Cares Foundation supplements conventional models of teaching and increases access to ICT for under-resourced schools. In partnership with various departments and service providers they have donated over R40 million to various projects, installed over 3000 computers in schools, trained more than 3500 educators in basic and intermediary computer skills, supply ongoing technical training and support and have included satellite connectivity at all new school installations.
CoZa Cares believes that strong school leadership is crucial and thereby provide special training for principals to assist them to effectively manage their schools’ ICT environment and ensure strong computer literacy skills. In order to integrate computer teaching and learning, the ISPA “Super Teacher of the Year Competition” is held annually.
The awards ceremony was held in Cape Town last week, the 10 Super Teacher finalists were flown down to attend a gala awards evening and Tours du Cap was asked to provide two days sight-seeing in Cape Town. On the first day we took them to Intaka Island which thrilled them no end – a boat ride around the island, the bird sanctuary and Century City showed them how conservation can work in the heart of a large urban complex.
That evening everyone dressed to the nines and gathered at Moyo in the magnificent Kirstenbosch Gardens to find out who had won the coveted title of Super Teacher 2012. Each finalist’s project was briefly described and we were amazed to hear how creativily these teachers are using computers to combine ICT with daily life and learning. The overall winner was Sadike Kekana who accepted her prizes so emotionally she could not contain her tears! Her winning project merged computers with aerobics – unusual, but clearly a winning strategy.
Having now understood what CoZa Cares was all about we were extremely privileged to witness this event. And the next day was still to come – a full day of showing them Cape Town and the sights. Most of the teachers had never been to Cape Town before so there were many surprises in store. We love nothing more than seeing the reaction of new visitors as the road unfolds and they are met with one gorgeous new scenic view after another.
The road up to Signal Hill was the start – they were totally wowed with the view of Table Mountain up close, the city and suburbs stretching all the way to the distant Hottentot’s Holland mountains. A few metres along the road and there was Robben Island and, below, the suburbs of the Atlantic coast.
As we continued our route around the peninsula, Chapman’s Peak’s famous last bend where the expanse of Noordhoek Beach suddenly appears took their breath away! The rough seas of Scarborough had them spellbound, we stopped on Redhill overlooking Simonstown and the naval headquarters and finally we reached our lunch destination and the beach at Fish Hoek where healing sea water was to be collected to take home.
And this was the moment we will never forget and is the highlight of the day for us. The overall Super Teacher winner, Sadike, had wasted no time changing into a bathing suit, the others rolled up their trousers, hitched their skirts, and they were off! Posing like supermodels, scooping up water, collecting little treasures, laughing and dancing – they had the time of their life and their joy was infectious! The photo at the top sums up a most wonderful event.
Lovely clients, lovely times, thank you CoZa Cares for supporting Tours du Cap, for empowering teachers, and for giving us these wonderful memories.
In summary, a fitting quote to combine both the joy and the power of our Super Teachers. All the more appropriate that the author was instrumental in furthering the great minds of Molière and Voltaire.
The joy of a spirit is the measure of its power. – Ninon de l’Enclos