The 19th annual National Teaching Awards (NTA) ceremony, hosted by Basic Education Minister Mrs Angie Motshekga, is scheduled to take place on 16 February 2019, at the Sandton Convention Centre in the Gauteng Province. This event promises to be a celebration of note to honour our national winners. The NTA is one of the ways in which the DBE acknowledges extraordinary efforts made by teachers, often in very difficult conditions.
NTA promotions, or promos, are currently being run on SABC 1, 2 and 3 to generate interest and awareness about the NTA broadcast on SABC 2 on 28 February 2019. The promos centre on the nine nominees for the Professor Kader Asmal Award Category. Their part in the promo is to indicate their name, surname and province, and to mention one of the initiatives that they are involved with to give back to their respective communities.
The viewers are then given an opportunity to participate by choosing who they think is their winner. Viewers stand a chance to win tickets to attend the prestigious award ceremony, by voting for their favourite candidate via SMS on 33017.
The promo campaign commenced on 10 January 2019 and will end on 10 February 2019. On the following day, 11 February 2019, two numbers will be randomly drawn in the presence of a representative from the DBE, Black Voice Media, SABC 2 and SABC Education for transparency and for audit purposes. Each winner, along with their partner, will be transported from their home to Sandton on 15 February 2019, accommodated overnight to attend the award ceremony, and will be transported back home the following day. The two winners will receive their prizes on stage. Prizes will be presented by a representative from SABC 2 and SABC Education, along with a handshake from Minister Motshekga.
The DBE acknowledges and celebrates excellence in the teaching profession through the Teacher Appreciation and Support Programme (TASP) annually. The NTA is a comprehensive process that commences in the provinces with the nomination, identification and sifting through of expertise and excellence in the teaching profession, and covering teachers from a range of South African schools.