Sithembiso Gugulethu Mbatha

Passionate about mathematics education, I am a high school educator teaching mathematics and mathematical literacy. Holding a Management Studies degree and a PGCE specializing in mathematics and economics from the University of Cape Town, I am currently pursuing a BEd Honours in Mathematics Education at North-West University. My journey into education was sparked by a teacher’s question about problem-solving. Recognizing the global disparities in education standards, I chose to address this by entering the teaching profession. My experience in the classroom, particularly guided by a supportive math teacher, has deepened my understanding of the challenges faced by educators and the impact of decisions made at higher levels. As a participant in the Jakes Gerwel Fellowship Newly Qualified Teachers Programme, I have been mentored to pursue my vision of improving education in South Africa, particularly in mathematics and literacy. My focus lies in elevating standards in mathematics education and literacy, believing that proficiency in these areas empowers learners as global citizens. I am also dedicated to supporting young educators, advocating for their retention in the profession through community engagement and professional development. My vision for South Africa is to see elevated standards of achievement in literacy and mathematics, alongside greater recognition and respect for the teaching profession. I consider my superpower to be recognizing and nurturing the strengths of others, fostering efficient teamwork. This ability, coupled with my openness to meeting new people, contributes to my effectiveness as an educator and leader. I have been honoured to represent the JGF cohort on the board of directors and awarded a Silver Award in Educational Leadership. I’ve also served as the youngest Grade Head at my school for the past two years, leading the grade to exceptional passing results as well as inspiring a spirit of unity amongst the learners.

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