teachers profileThree cheers for our three shining stars in this year’s 10th Woolworths and MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet Teachers’ Day competition








Almost 50 000 South African school children voted for their favourite teachers – the highest ever to be recorded in our 10th Teachers’ Day competition. 

KwaZulu Natal teachers Ms Ruwaida Kader from W.A Lewitt Primary, Ms Taahirah Loonat from Paul Sykes Primary and Ms Thembekile Cele from Wiggins Secondary School, won first, second and third place in the competition. 


Nominated by Grade 3 Zayan Allee, Mrs Ruwaida Kader, from W.A. Lewitt Primary School in Pietermaritzburg, scooped the first prize.  Zayan praised Mrs Kader for her shining example of goodness and generosity beyond the call of duty, as well as being a steady, bright light in many South African children’s lives.  

Pieter Twine, General Manager of the Woolworths Education Programme and MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet community loyalty programme says, “We congratulate all the incredible 2019 winners of the Teachers Day Competition who have highlighted the life-changing role that teachers can play for our children.  It has been overwhelming and inspiring to receive nearly 50 000 entries this year, and that tells us that there are over 50 000 amazing teachers out there guiding, mentoring and looking after the precious minds of our country’s future leaders.”


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The second prize was awarded to Mrs Taahirah Loonat - a foundation phase teacher from Paul Sykes Primary School in Newlands.  Nominated by learner Kholeka Khumalo, Mrs Loonat was celebrated for creative and holistic teaching methods, and for always striving to make every lesson fun, being there for her and being her biggest supporter. 

The 2019 Teachers’ Day Competition awarded prizes to the tune of R400 000. In an effort to recognise and reward teachers who routinely go beyond the call of duty,  learners had to write a motivation.  Competition judges selected two finalists in each school phase, as well as a principal and a specials needs educator for a special recognition.

The finalists enjoyed a fully paid, 2-night stay in a luxury Gauteng hotel with a partner as well as a R10 000 cash prize; with the top three winning an additional R30 000, R20 000 and R10 000 respectively.  The learners who nominated the finalists each won R6 000 towards their educational needs and the finalists’ schools also each won R10 000.

Nominated by learner Babalwa Tshoba, the third place winner Ms Thembekile Cele - a Grade 9 teacher from Wiggins Secondary School in Mayville – was commended for her unwavering support and guidance in her school and home life. 

“Woolworths has a long-standing commitment to supporting quality education in South Africa,” concludes Twine.  “The growth of the Teachers’ Day Competition, which is supported by the Department of Education, is testimony that there is fantastic awareness of the importance of celebrating teachers as leaders and everyday heroes in our communities.”