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ISPA to honour women in ICT

internetJOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – COINCIDING with Women’s Month, the annual Internet Services Providers Association (ISPA) SuperTeacher of the Year Competition has emerged as an all-women affair.

Erika Esterhuizen, Sadike Kekana, Mokhudu Machaba, Kedibone Mmakwena Makgato, Matema Jacobeth Malatji, Lepota Flora Mpyana, Mandy Caroline Mashilo, Lindiwe Ngwenya, Ingrid Ramonyai and Daphney Matshidisho Thoka are the award’s finalists.

The  will be announced at the 15th South African Internet Week in Johannesburg running between September 19-23.

It  awards celebrate  educators for enhancing the education of scholars through newly acquired ICT skills.

The judges of the online competition, which designed and developed by CoZa Cares, is made up of a cross of the South African education and ICT sphere.

They include Sarah-Jane Capazario (ISPA) and Dorcas Thabane ( both ISPA), Jenny King (e-Schools Network), Marcus Lamola (Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership and Governance -), Neo Mothobi (Department of Basic Education,), Megan Rademeyer (SchoolNet SA) and Clinton Walker (Western  Cape Education Department).

Capazario says the projects reviewed demonstrated ICT in education has reached a tipping point.

“It’s clear that more educators are viewing technology as a legitimate teaching aid, and are incorporating ICT into their lesson plans in interesting ways. The level of creativity really shone brightly this year,” says Capazario.

To date, ISPA’s Train the Teacher project – is run with the help  of CoZa Cares Foundation  and  equipped almost 5 000 teachers with ICT skills thanks to continued support from ISPA’s members.

In the last three years, some 750 educators and district officials have been trained in different ICT courses.

CoZa Cares Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Fiona Wallace, says the founding philosophy of the ISPA SuperTeacher project is similar to the philosophy of ubuntu.

“It’s all about contributing to the benefit of one’s wider community,” explains Wallace.

ISPA chair, Graham Beneke, says past ISPA SuperTeacher award recipients started their training without ICT experience.

“They then go onto great things, which include revolutionizing teaching in their classrooms and sphere of influence.” – CAJ News

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