Basic Education calls educators to share outstanding excellence in NTA milestone
In commemorating the 21st edition milestone of the National Teaching Awards (NTA), the
Department of Basic Education (DBE) has called on all previous winners to share their
The DBE called on all previous recipients of the NTA in the periods of 2000-2010 to come forward to share in the celebrations.
In a statement the DBE said, in celebrating this major milestone, the DBE sought to connect with winners of the NTA from its first ceremony in the year 2000 to 2010.
The department further stated that the 21st edition of the NTA would be conducted during a period in which the country is confronted with a major pandemic ,Covid-19, which has paralysed the schooling system in many ways.
“It is for this reason, that it became prudent for us, to go down memory lane and honour all educators who have represented the sector with outstanding excellence throughout the years,” the statement reads.
NTA is an event that aims to recognise the importance of the teaching profession and
promote excellence in teaching.
The NTA is part of the Teacher Appreciation and Support Programme (TASP), which was
launched by the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga in 2015.
However, Iziko learnt that the programme was conceptualised by the former Minister of
Education Professor Kader Asmal, back in 2000.
The department said the major goal of TASP programme is to acknowledge, appreciate and celebrate the teacher excellence in diverse contexts.
In commemorating 21 years of the National Teaching Awards, the DBE seeks to connect with previous winners of the #NTA, specifically from the years 2000 to 2010.@DBE_NTA @ElijahMhlanga pic.twitter.com/jCS768GvAE
— Dep. Basic Education (@DBE_SA) September 6, 2021
“Consistent recognition of teachers for excellence in the classroom has a direct influence on their continuous performance. And assists in ensuring that learners in South African classrooms are exposed to enabling environments, where they can develop the skills and competencies needed in the global sphere,” the statement adds.
The department has urged previous winners to send pictures of themselves together with their certificates and share their journey in education since winning the award to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 20 September 2021.