SANTS Private Higher Education Institution partnered with the South African Council for Educators (SACE) in the recent SACE Inaugural National Teacher’s Conference, held on the 20th and 21st of April 2023. The aim of the conference was to bring teachers together to pause, reflect and raise their voices as individuals and the collective on issues that affect their profession and plight in this changing world.
The conference was attended by over 500 delegates consisting of educators, early childhood development (ECD) practitioners, teacher unions, office-based educators, stakeholders, and constituencies, student teachers, and other relevant guests.
The conference focussed on leadership and management, ethical standards in the teaching profession, early childhood development, the exclusivity of teacher well-being, safety and security, curriculum, and classroom practice issues, and continuing professional teacher development.
Basic Education Minister, Mrs Angie Motshekga delivered the keynote address and stressed the need for a National Social Compact plan that will address the needs and challenges facing the education sector. Mrs. Motshekga reiterated the importance of supporting teachers by providing them with the necessary resources and training to succeed in this new normal.
A gala dinner was held to recognize educators who are consistent in submitting and implementing the Continuing Professional Teacher Development (CPTD) system. Prof Ina Joubert, SANTS Executive Academic Director, introduces SANTS and emphasized its support to SACE and the aim of the conference.
The Inaugural National Teacher’s Conference was a valuable opportunity for teachers, stakeholders, and guests to come together and engage in meaningful discussions about the challenges facing the education sector.