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Address by the Minister of Education, Naledi Pandor, MP, at Emthanjeni Primary School in De Aar

16 September 2005

The Principal, Mr Hlomela,
Pupils and teachers,
Distinguished guests

It is a pleasure to be here, to share with you this important moment at your school. I am impressed by what I see. The school has taken the important initiatives, and they are to be welcomed. All of them advance several goals that our government fully supports. Your efforts reflect a school community that is determined to work for excellence.

Many schools and communities lack resources. You have similar challenges but you did not allow that to stop you. Through dedication, commitment and drive, you have been able to enrich your own school and the lives of the children you teach.

The Department of Education supports and will continue to support any initiative that is aimed at sharpening our teachers’ skills and our pupils’ minds. E-learning is an important part of our national strategy and it is gratifying to note that you will advance e-learning.

Improving education in South Africa is a national priority that requires involvement and engagement throughout all levels of our society. All the initiatives we launch today promote quality learning.

The biography project fits very well into our focus in this heritage month. It is vital that we learn, record and celebrate our history with confidence. I am pleased to see the school doing just that.

The community has clearly played a central role in these developments. This is the kind of partnership that will advance educational achievement.

In this regard the members of the school governing body, the school management team, and the staff must be commended for their determination and dedication.

In my experience learners do not need encouragement to use computers. They tend to learn to use them very quickly and also have the ability to teach their peers effectively.

It is the teachers who need encouragement. We sometimes forget that teachers also need orientation and training in e-learning. Teachers need computer skills to manage education affairs better.

Aspects of school organisation, such as the structure and length of the working day, must be revised if the full educational potential of information and communications technology (ICT) is to be reached.

ICTs can offer a learning environment better matched to the needs and interests of individual learners.

It is critical to learn computer skills so that learners can later participate more meaningfully in society.

I wish the Emthanjeni Development Desk, the best of luck for the ICT Proactive Leap 2010 Project for e-learning.

From the classroom to the playing fields, from computers to the sport facilities that have been provided by national lottery funds.

School sport is an integral component of the education programme.

We believe that sport in education is an important vehicle for building a transformed, non-racial, non-sexist society, united in diversity.

The benefits of sport are for all to see.

Team-work builds confidence and comradeship on the sport field and in the classroom.

Competition improves the mind and body and brings out the best in people.

And exertion is a good in itself – a healthy mind in a healthy body.

But I believe team-work is what you can best learn from sport.

Sport is for everyone. You do not need to be a star. You can all enjoy the physical exertion and you can all benefit from the excitement that sport brings.

We need to take advantage of many benefits that physical education and sport can give to children.

I wish the school every success in the future.

I thank you.

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Date Posted: 6/30/2008
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