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Department of Education in Umkhanyakude District Awarded Star For Life a certificate of appreciation.

posted 26 Jun 2013, 04:34 by ntobeko dlamini
Situated in an area well known for its rolling hills, dense bushes and the majestic ‘Big Five,’ Umkhanyakude District, in rural KwaZulu Natal is also home to many young learners, striving to educate themselves and create a better future.  Despite its beauty, many challenges exist that hinder learning and teaching in the Umkhanyakude District.  These challenges aside, on the sixth of June, 2013 the teachers and learners of the District gathered together in Jozini Area to celebrate the good work undertaken by the teachers and principals during 2012. This event was organized by Department of Education, and sought to recognize dedicated educators within the local schools. Several Star For life supported schools were part of this ceremony.

 The District Director of Umkhanyakude District Mr Motha handing over the

 LCD TV to Mr Lubanyana from Cwakeme High School.

Lack of basic teaching resources, poverty, and a high rate of pregnancy in schools has been the primary reasons for poor pass rate in the past. However, the dedication of teachers and learners in the District has led to the significant rise of the matric pass from 55% in the year 2010 to 65% in 2012. The educators in Several Star For Life supported schools were individually celebrated and honoured with certificates for excellence. Cwakeme High School is situated in a deep rural area outside of Hluhluwe town despite of all the challenges facing the learners’ and teachers the school managed to improve their matric results significantly from 23% in 2011 to 96% in 2013. The Principal of the school Mr Lubanyana says, the hard work and dedication from both the teachers and learners has not gone unnoticed. “Sometimes, we even forget about our own families and spend more time at the school,” said Mr Lubanyana.

Our team members holding the certificate of appreciation.

From left we have Mr Njabulo Nhleko the Financial Officer, Sebenzile Manyanga 

our HIV and AIDS Counselor, Jean Daniel Kabati our Schools Programme Manager and Precious Mafuleka our Area Manager.

“It feels good to be recognised at such high level, this motivates us to be even more dedicated and determined to our work”, said Mrs Mthethwa from Dlilanga High School. She was awarded a certificate for achieving 100% pass rate in English.

In addition to the programmatic support Star For Life provides to these schools, Star for life also donated a new LCD TV screen to the Department of Education, the LCD screen was awarded to Cwakeme High School by the District Director Mr Motha for being the most improved school.  The District Director Mr Motha thanked Star For Life and all the other organisations for the support that they have provided to the schools. “We’re very pleased with the support the NGO’s such as Star For Life have provided our schools, they adopt our schools and help them holistically.” Star For Life was then awarded a certificate of appreciation for the support and contribution towards improving the 2012 National Senior Certificate results.