The Kader Asmal Award.
Great News! This award, which towers way above that of the annual educator achievements, was awarded to our very own Mrs van Heerden. This acknowledgement has had a rippling effect on our school.
We always tell our children to keep the “Sunlands flag flying high’. Through this achievement, Mrs van Heerden has certainly done this on the provincial and national ‘stage’. To celebrate this, we have given each child a token (a lolipop) to remind them of Mrs van Heerden’s Contribution to our dear school. If you wish to know more about the Kader Asmal Award, you may google it. You will then understand the significance of such an important award.
KADER ASMAL AWARD
The inception of the Kader Asmal Excellence Award enables the Minister of Basic Education to honour an outstanding educator embodying some of the core values that Professor Asmal stood for and at the same time honour Professor Asmal for his contribution to the development of education in this country.
The Minister sends to all Members of the Executive Council (MEC) an invitation to submit names of outstanding educationists who fit the profile for the Minister’s consideration. These are the educationalists still serving or retired in the Education Sector.
The Kader Asmal Excellence Award seeks to recognise educators who, in their work, demonstrate the key values that were a hallmark of Prof Asmal‘s leadership:
- A demanding educational activist who leads by example;
- An educator with a conscience and a feel for social justice;
- Takes/has taken a stand for an issue (popular or unpopular) on grounds of conscientiousness;
- Intellectual tenacity and rigour; and
- Creative and inspired visible delivery.
The MECs then forward the names of provincial winners to the office of the Minister. The Kader Asmal national winner is selected by a panel which consists of senior managers of the Department of Basic Education Department of Basic Education and is chaired by Professor Asmal’s wife, Mrs Louise Asmal.