TeachersDay profilepicA big thank you to all learners who nominated their teachers for our 2016 Teacher’s Day Awards. We received over 13 000 entries and our judges enjoyed reading every single one of them.

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Teachers Day Winners

Woolworths Educational Programmes and MySchool have announced that Ms Phumla Matomela, a teacher at Port Elizabeth’s Emafini Primary School, is the overall national winner in their 2016 Teacher’s Day competition. The annual event, now in its sixth year, promotes UNESCO’s World Teacher’s Day on the 5th of October by highlighting the immense difference that teachers can make in young lives.

A record number of South African learners from across the country entered the competition to nominate an awesome teacher that has made a difference in their lives. A panel of independent judges took on the task of evaluating more than 13 000 nominations by high school and primary school learners from across the country. They selected 4 finalists in each of the primary and high school categories.

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Ms Matomela was nominated by one of her learners, Iviwe Ntuthu who credits her Grade 5 teacher as being her hero, role model, mother and sister thanks to endless love, kindness and shoulder to cry on. 

She won R25 000 cash, R30 000 Woolworths Gift card, a laptop, and an all-expenses paid weekend away with her partner to Durban after the announcement was made at a special awards breakfast at the Oyster Box Hotel. Iviwe Ntuthu won a R5 000 Woolworths Gift card for her winning motivation and Emafini Primary School has been awarded a R5 000 cash prize.

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Mr Michael Dube, the principal of Emachobeni Secondary School in the Ntuzuma area north of Durban is the 1ST Runner Up in their 2016 Teacher’s Day competition. He was nominated by one of his learners, Siyamthanda Mthuli who credits him as a role model to their school and community. Mr Dube buys school uniforms for the less privileged learners and is known for inspirational motivational talks that gives his learners a reason to want to come to school and become better people. He won R10 000 cash, R15 000 Woolworths Gift card, a laptop, and an all-expenses paid weekend away with his partner after the announcement was made at a special awards breakfast at the Oyster Box Hotel.  Siyamthanda Mthuli won a R5 000 Woolworths Gift card for his winning motivation and Emachobeni Secondary School has been awarded a R5 000 cash prize.

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Mrs Tasneem Moosajee, a teacher at Randburg’s Franklin D Roosevelt Primary School is the 2nd Runner Up in the 2016 Teacher’s Day competition.  She was nominated by one of her learners, Jesse Thorn who thanks her Grade 1 teacher for her loving care while he was in hospital and out of school for more than a month due to a bad virus.   Mrs Moosajee also ensured that Jesse didn’t fall behind in her school work. She won R5 000 cash, R10 000 Woolworths Gift card, a laptop, and an all-expenses paid weekend away with her partner after the announcement was made at a special awards breakfast at the Oyster Box Hotel. Jesse Thorn won a R5 000 Woolworths Gift card for his winning motivation and Franklin D Roosevelt Primary School has been awarded a R5 000 cash prize.

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“Woolies and MySchool have played a long-standing role in uplifting education, and we have a deep appreciation for the great work that teachers are doing in our schools,” says Pieter Twine, Woolworths General Manager of Loyalty and MySchool. “We congratulate Iviwe and especially Ms Matolmela on being our overall 2016 winner she/he is an inspiration to all teachers. It gives us great pleasure to recognise the vital status and role that teachers play in our society.”

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