Star teacher of the week
15 June 2021 | Education
Grade eight to 10 History teacher at Acacia High School
“I'm happy to pass down the knowledge that I've gained throughout my teaching life.”
When and why did you decide to become a teacher?
As you know, teaching is a profession and a calling. It was to participate in the grooming and mentorship to young people/learners.
During apartheid, there were teachers who gave me guidance and a sense of direction and even though times were tough, I thought to myself that I would also want to be that person in someone else's life that paths a way for them in hardship.
What is the best part about being a teacher?
The interaction between me and the learners, as they learn from me, so do I from them. I'm happy to pass down the knowledge that I've gained throughout my teaching life. And also to respect my profession and uphold my status as a teacher.
What is something you have learned in your teaching career?
Application of corporal punishment. There was a learner who once told me that it was good to be punished here and there by your teachers to keep discipline in the school grounds, at the same time nurturing the child, but that some colleagues would abuse their right to corporal punishment.
How long have you been a teacher?
I've been an experienced teacher for 20 years now.
What is your favourite place in Namibia and favourite book to read?
The coast has always been one of my favourites, I love the weather patterns. My favourite book to read is The State of Africa by Martin Meredith.
Can you tell us of your journey towards becoming a teacher?
When I joined the Caprivi college of education in 1994 where we were taught how to be teachers, I got my funds from the government directory since there was no funding from NSFAF that time. In 2002, I registered for HED, 2010 I did my Master’s degree and currently I'm busy with my PhD. The journey was not easy, it was a challenge. I would love to take this chance to tell young people never to give up on what they dream of because it might just be a reality one day.