Penreach boldly stepping into the future with Mpumalanga’s teachers
From coding to robotics, artificial intelligence and immersive technologies, Penreach will boldly step into the future of technology-supported education with teachers and school leaders from our most under-resourced communities. This was the key message delivered by Penreach CEO, Mr Andile Ncontsa, at the Annual Penreach Awards 2019, held on 30 November at Penryn College, and attended by more than 1000 pre-school, primary school and high school teachers and principals attended.
The annual awards ceremony by Penreach celebrates educators who diligently and passionately work towards delivering quality education in our communities. These teachers are participants in one or more of the Penreach programmes early childhood development, numeracy and literacy, maths and science, sport coaching or school leadership. Teachers attend Penreach Teacher Development Workshops throughout the year working towards their own skills and professional development in over 35 different subject areas.
Master of Ceremonies Mr Ronald Chanetsa
MEC Mr Bonakele Majuba addressing the house
Amongst the distinguished guests were MEC for Education in the province, Mr Bonakele Majuba, who addressed the house and expressed his enthusiasm for the efforts and programmes fostered by Penreach and corporate partners in supporting teaching and learning development in ECD, Literacy and numeracy, Maths and Science as well as school governance and leadership.
He added that these programmes do not just add value to the teaching and learning experience but also provide impetus for high moral, confidence and professionalism of our teachers. MEC Majuba said: “We are here in our numbers to honour our teachers and to ensure that the teaching profession stays relevant and on par with the best in the world. We are all quite aware that education is the greatest equaliser which enables children from poor background to be on the same par with children from well-to-do communities.
The DoE supports Penreach’s vision of stepping into a future where Information and Communication Technology (ICT), especially in STEAM- (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) based learning can enhance teaching and learning in all phases. Penreach acts as an extension of the department to build capacity with educators and transferring skills to educators.
The Awards’ theme this year was ‘Step into the future with us‘ – Penreach announced its newest project developments for 2020, the Penreach STEAM@Shalamuka Science Centre, which will act as a provincial hub for shared learning and experience around the most important learning areas in the 21st Century. It will be centred around community and knowledge sharing and will welcome all ages. The centre will boast immersive technologies, coding, robotics, augmented reality, audiovisual products, 3D printing.
See more here: Penreach Shalamuka STEAM Centre
Traditional dancers; Simunye Cultural Group from Hopeville welcomed teachers to a day filled with a variety of performances by Penreach Artreach choir and Djembe and Marimba bands. Penreach Artreach is a programme promoting the Arts in previously disadvantaged schools. A surprise performance by the talented Drakensburg Boys Choir at the start of the celebration was wonderfully received and thoroughly enjoyed
Drakensburg Boys Choir
The Penreah Annual Awards are adjudicated each year with stringent criteria as teachers and schools demonstrate professionalism. Criteria include meeting curriculum standards, providing stimulating teaching and learning environment and more. We are so proud of all our teachers and winners of this year’s categories.
From left to right: Bella Mnisi , Impumelelo Educare Centre, Nokuthula Ndaba, Woodhouse Community Centre, Penreach CEO, Andile Ncontsa, Reading Camp Volunteer Theo Zweli Mogale, MEC Mr Bonakele Majuba, Collet Nkosi, S’bongile Primary, Amon Nkosi Primary, Elizabeth Zikalala.
2019 Awards winners:
ECD Centre of the year: Bella Mnisi , Impumelelo Educare Centre.
ECD Practitioner of the year: Nokuthula Ndaba, Woodhouse Community Centre.
Teacher of the year: Collet Nkosi, S’bongile Primary.
School of the year: Amon Nkosi, Elizabeth Zikalala Primary.
Reading Camp Volunteer of the year: Theo Zweli Mogale.
Penreach guests upon arrival enjoying the traditional dancers before the ceremony.
Penreach CEO, Mr Andile Ncontsa
Full house at the Penreach Annual Awards 2019
Penreach COO, Ms Susanna Oosthuizen
MEC Mr Bonakele Majuba and Mr Andile Ncontsa
enjoying the programme.
Thank you to our prize sponsors Sappi, Manganese Metal Company and TracN4. Penreach wishes to also thank our partner in technology, MobiGo Solutions for sponsorship of our digital learning management platform, which will form the basis of our future-focused skills development initiatives.
We sincerely thank each and every one part of the Penreach family for making 2019 a success. We look forward to another meaningful year ahead as we create social change through education.
View all the official photographs and videos by following the links below: