Teacher’s Day celebration

Sol Plaatje University’s School of Education (SPU SoE) and the Northern Cape Department of Education (NC DoE) invite you to a virtual celebration of World Teacher’s Day.

In 1994 UNESCO established World Teachers’ Day to appreciate the world’s educators and commemorate the teaching profession every year on 5 October.

The World Teachers’ Day theme for 2020 is “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future” and the Department of Basic Education decided to observe the month of October as Teachers’ month.

To this end the NC DoE has lined up activities to commemorate educators throughout the month of October. As part of these activities the NC DoE and the SPU School of Education will host a virtual programme to celebrate our teachers, student teachers and teacher educators.

We are honoured to host Professor Aileen Kennedy of the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland to share her work in teacher education and professional development in the global north. The programme will also feature the voices of our current and former students as potential and new members of the teaching profession. 

The event will take place as follows:

Date: 8 October 2020

Time: 13:30 – 17:00

Venue: Microsoft Teams (Click here to join the event)

About Professor Aileen Kennedy

Aileen Kennedy is Professor of Practice in Teacher Education at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow – a University committed to socially progressive values. She is currently the Director of Teacher Education for the School of Education, working collaboratively with colleagues and wider stakeholders to enhance and promote the University’s work in teacher education policy and pedagogy.

She views teaching as a powerful means of addressing disadvantage, and is committed to developing activist and transformative approaches to teacher education. Prior to entering academia she worked originally as a primary teacher and then as a Professional Officer with the General Teaching Council for Scotland. Her research focuses on how teachers learn, and the policy context within which that learning happens.

She is co-Principal Investigator of the ‘Measuring Quality in Initial Teacher Education’ (MQuITE) project, Managing Editor of Professional Development in Education, co-convener of the Scottish Educational Research Association’s Teacher Education Network and a member of the Global Teacher Education Consortium.


Opening remarks                           Dr B Moreeng (SPU)

Welcome                                          Prof Baxen (SPU DVC Academic)

NC DoE                                             Mr S Beuzana (Acting HoD)

NC DoE guest                                  NC MEC Education

Teacher                                            SPU SoE alumnus/ NC DoE employee – Mr Thato Kesekile

SPU Final year student teacher     Ms R Carlo

Introduction of guest speaker       Prof A Msimanga (Head of School)

Guest speaker                                   Prof A Kennedy

Closing remarks                               Dr M Papashane (SPU)

Vote of thanks                                  Dr W Botes (SPU)

For more information contact:

Boitumelo Moreeng

Tel: +27(0)53-491-0249 / +27732691760

E-mail: boitumelo.moreeng@spu.ac.za

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