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Mr. Lesiba Pila at the UNESCO headquarters

The 2016 National Teachers Awards winner in the Lifetime Achievement category, Mr. Lesiba Pila who is a principal of Rutanang Primary school in Rustenburg was nominated by the South African limb of United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to represent the 435 000 teachers across the country, at the UNESCO Awards held in Paris, France on 05 October 2018.

Pila is among the longest serving principal in schools in the country. He served as a principal since from 1985 in the then Bophuthatswana government and has been in the system of education for 36 years.

The North West Education and Sport Development MEC, Sello Lehari congratulated Lesiba Pila for his achievement in the education sector.

“As the North West I will to congratulate Mr Pila on his sterling achievement. I want to emphasize that the nation without teachers it’s a doomed nation, I am really proud that we celebrate his achievement as a teacher. This will serve as a good motivation even in the future generations to see that one can still have a successful career as a teacher. I believe that many people will follow on his footsteps to see that hard work really pays”, said MEC Lehari.

The United Nations declared 05 October as the World Teachers Day and is celebrated annually across the world. The World Teachers Day aims to focus on appreciating, assessing and improving the educators of the world and to provide an opportunity to consider issues related to teachers and teaching.

Lisiba Pila could not hold his excitement on being the only South African teacher to represent the country on the international stage.

“I feel very special special and feel the nomination itself declares me as teacher number One in South Africa. The trip and nomination serves as motivation for me to share more practices and wish to thank the National Teachers Awards and they have given me exposure internationally”, said Pila.

He left the country with his wife Yvonne Pila on 3rd October and they attended the World Teachers Day Gala Dinner on behalf of the country and thereafter they will tour Europe to explore global networking and educational exchange programs until 10th October 2018