Mante Makaba

Mante Kate Makaba, an English educator at Mokolo Primary School, is dedicated to shaping young minds and creating inclusive learning environments. Her journey as an educator began with a profound passion for education and a commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of learners. Influenced by her experiences teaching Sunday school and overcoming adversity during her own schooling, she vowed to become a compassionate and supportive educator.

Mante’s teaching philosophy revolves around nurturing a love for learning and empowering students to reach their full potential. She envisions a South African education system characterised by equity, inclusivity, and excellence, where every child has access to quality education and modern learning facilities. She advocates for a curriculum that celebrates diversity and promotes critical 21st-century skills to prepare students for success in a rapidly changing world.

In addition to her broader vision, Mante is passionate about preserving African culture through high-quality vernacular animations. Her vision is to use these animations to spark children’s interest in their language, fostering a deeper connection to their cultural identity. She believes that a person’s language is integral to their identity and that promoting vernacular languages can help shape learners’ sense of self and cultural pride.

In her role as an educator, Mante encountered a significant challenge when she realized that her school community was plagued by cases of child neglect. Determined to make a difference, she took proactive steps to address the issue by personally engaging with affected students and advocating for their well-being. Additionally, she initiated an after-school program to provide a safe space for students to share their struggles and receive support.

Mante’s commitment to addressing challenges and fostering a supportive educational environment exemplifies her dedication to her students’ welfare and academic success. Her vision extends beyond the classroom, aiming to harness the power of education as a force for social mobility, economic empowerment, and national unity in South Africa.

With a teaching degree from the University of Pretoria and ongoing pursuit of an Honors degree in computer-integrated Education, Mante continues to refine her skills and knowledge to better serve her students and community. As an English educator, she endeavors to inspire a love for language and literature, nurturing critical thinking and communication skills essential for lifelong learning and success.”

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