Restoring the values of good teaching

Umhlathuze Crèche and Pre-School learners rendering a performance

THE role of a community builder is one that many educators fail to fulfil during their lifetime.

It is the duty of all educators to partner with God in making the lives of our society better.

This sentiment was expressed by Nokuthula Ndaba, who is a lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Zululand.

Ndaba was speaking at the official opening of uMhlathuze Crèche and Pre-School held last week in Dumisani Makhaye Village.

She praised the founder of the crèche, Sibongile Mngomezulu for contributing positively to her community.

‘I wish to commend Mama Mngomezulu for investing in early childhood education and for understanding the socioeconomic background of this society by allowing children to learn even if they don’t have the money.

Unveiling the plaque are Nokuthula Ndaba, Sibongile Mngomezulu and Ward Cllr Sipho Ndaba

‘Mama Mngomezulu’s actions have restored hope and revived the values of a teaching profession. This country needs educators of highest calibre in the mould of Mama Mngomezulu, educators who will work with the community. This is one educator who understands the purpose of her calling.

‘We have a crisis of producing academics who do little or nothing to empower their communities, other than developing themselves. How many university professors do you know who have made a sterling contribution to community development?

‘I must also express my gratitude to the educators of this pre-school for their enthusiasm, passion and inspiration. My only worry is that they should be getting a more money for their hard work in nurturing children to become better communities,’ she said.

In her response, Sibongile Mngomezulu said she was delighted to see her dream becoming a reality.

‘I’m happy that today we are opening a community project, which was started in a four roomed house in 2003 with only 23 children, but now boasts an enrolment of 256 children. It has always been my desire not to deprive children education, merely because they come from poor communities.

‘I must also give credit to the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) who came on board with a sponsorship to build this centre.

‘It is unfortunate that they are not here to witness their hard work. There are many other sponsors who played a role in this project such as the Uthungulu Community Foundation, Rotary Club Richards Bay, South 32 to name but a few,’ she said.

The event was also attended by Ward 23 Cllr Sipho Dlamini who pledged his support for the project.


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Wiseman Mthiyane

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