SA Teacher Outsmarts Peers, Makes Top 50 Shortlist For Million Dollar Prize


A South African teacher Phuti Ragophala has been nominated for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize for 2017.

Ragophala made the cut on Wednesday together alongside 49 other teachers, beating over 20 000 nominees from 179 countries.

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The renowned teacher has until recently been teaching Economics and Management Sciences and Technology at the Pula Madibogo Primary School in Polokwane.

Ragophala, a former principal, retired from traditional classroom teaching and upgraded to digital online teaching this year after 32 years of active teaching in Polokwane.

An apparently excited Ragophala took to her Facebook page and shared her success news. The news was greeted with lots of congratulatory messages from her fans, friends, and family.

“I am still Phuti Ragophala. Those who want to know how I did it‚ I am available to share‚ assist‚ inspire so that come next year‚ you stand a better chance to be where I am now.

I attended many educational conferences… I learned a lot. It’s time to share with other educators and inspire them to have a voice in their work. I learned that challenges in teaching and learning can be solved by teachers‚ not directors in high echelons,” she wrote.

She also announced that she has partnered with different organizations to ensure that Pula Madibogo primary school has computers and connect with others from Japan, Europe and other parts of the world.

She pledged to continuously mould world leaders regardless of the fact that the school is located in a rural area and that most of them come from very pitiable and poor background.

A fan Sechaba Nkoana reacted by saying: “Keep it up Phuti Ragophala. You have proven beyond reasonable doubt that teaching is a calling.”

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The Global Teacher Prize is part of the Varkey Foundation’s commitment to improving the status of teachers‚ and to honour teachers who made laudable and recommendable achievements to the profession.

The winner will be announced at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai on March 17 and will win $1-million (R13.7m).