The 4th Biennial NAPTOSA Congress was held from 30 October to 1 November 2014 in Benoni. The theme of the Congress was, “Racing to the Top: The Challenges of Quality and Equity in Education.”
Mr Basil Manuel (President), Mrs Anthea Cereseto (Deputy President) and Mr Nkosiphendule Ntantala (Vice-President) were all re-elected to their positions for another term of office.
Awards at Congress
Presentations of awards were amongst others, highlights of the Congress. Mr. Dave Balt received the Gold award for his service to the Union and Education in general. Mr. Dave Balt was the first President of NAPTOSA. His contribution to education has made a significant difference. NAPTOSA Life Awards were made to Ms Glenda Boyes, Mr Peter Moore, Mr Michael Myburgh and Ms Helene Siebörger. The Life Award is the highest award made to a member or former member who has made a significant and outstanding contribution to the Union and Education.
Mr Myburgh and Ms Siebörger will be retiring from heading the NAPTOSA Gauteng and NAPTOSA Western Cape offices respectively at the end of this year. Click here to read tributes to Mr Myburgh and Ms Siebörger which were published earlier in the NAPTOSA INsight Magazine, Vol 8 Issue 2 ,pages 5 and 6 respectively.
Resolution taken at Congress
The 4th Biennial National Congress of National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA)
The National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA) will be holding its 4th National Congress from 30 October to 1 November 2014 at Kopanong Conference Centre in Benoni.
The theme for congress this year is “Racing to the Top: The challenges of Quality and Equity in Education. More than 270 delegates from all nine provinces and guests from government, business and international education union expected to attend the Congress. The NAPTOSA national congress is the highest decision-making body of the Union and meets biennially. Congress is comprised of National office bearers, Provincial office bearers, Provincial Chairpersons and delegates from all nine provinces representing NAPTOSA members.
The Congress will deliberate on constitutional changes, provincial motions and adopt policies by means of resolutions to further the objectives of the Union. The Congress will assess its progress in implementing resolutions taken at Congress 2012.
“Invest in FUTURE, Invest in the TEACHERS”
The 5th of October 2014 is the 20th anniversary of the World Teachers’ Day, an annual event initiated by UNESCO and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and celebrated with its partners UNICEF and Educational International (EI) to honour and celebrate teachers.
Quality education for all is the foundation for sustainable economic prosperity and a just and equitable society. Quality education helps every person to achieve his or her full potential. All children deserve a teacher who is qualified, well-trained and paid according to their skills, qualifications and experience.
Students deserve these entitlements as a minimum standard to ensure quality education.
Make this World Teachers' Day to remember!
On 5 October 2014, World Teachers’ Day, Education International (EI), the international organisation supporting teacher trade unions throughout the globe, launched a new phase in its campaign to Unite for Quality Education.
The campaign aims to:
- Secure Quality Education For All;
- Ensure the achievement of the 2015 Millennium Development Goal for education; and
- Secure quality education for all as part of global action by governments worldwide beyond 2015.
NAPTOSA President Mr. Basil Manuel addressed the delegates at the Unite for Quality Education March- Saturday 20 September 2014
The African 's event. Watch the video below
The streets of Pretoria were bustling with hundreds of teachers, learners and education workers on Saturday ,20 September to celebrate the culminating event for the Unite for Quality Education Campaign. The march, led by a busload of school children, made its way from Prince's Park opposite the NAPTOSA Head Office to Ditsong National Museum for Cultural History.
TEACHER UNIONS UNITE FOR QUALITY EDUCATION
South Africa’s major education unions SADTU, NAPTOSA and SAOU are joining millions of teachers, learners, education leaders and education employees around the globe to celebrate the culmination of the Unite for Quality Education Campaign which has run for a year.
Education International (EI) – a global teacher and education employees’ union federation, with a membership of 30 million teachers world-wide is spearheading the Campaign.
The Campaign was launched in New York and Paris in 2013.Six cities on six continents across the world have been chosen to host the culminating activities this year.
Pretoria in South Africa is one of the six cities chosen to host the event. Othercities include Sydney, Australia; New Delhi, India; Brussels, Belgium; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and New York, USA. Additional events are also being planned in other cities around the world.