By Debbie Schafer, Western Cape Minister of Education:
A Cape Town teacher, Warren Sparrow, Head of Information and Communication Technology of Rondebosch Boys’ Preparatory School is one of 50 finalists in the running for a Global Teacher of the Year Award 2016.
Mr Sparrow, who specialises in eLearning support, won a Western Cape Teaching Award in 2012 for Excellence in Information and Communication Technology Enhanced Teaching (see profile & photo attached).
He has also been the recipient of a number of ICT Awards, i.e. Microsoft Innovative Teacher for both South Africa and Africa, finalist for the Microsoft Innovative Teacher worldwide, and winner of the 21st Century Classroom Project of the Year for the most innovative use of technology for enhancing learning in schools.
The Global Teacher Awards is in its second year and has been dubbed the ‘Nobel Prize’ for teaching. The $1 million teacher’s award is the largest prize of its kind.
With over 8000 applicants from 148 countries around the world, being shortlisted in the top 50 finalists is a remarkable achievement.
With two South African finalists, Warren Sparrow and Colleen Henning from St John’s College in Johannesburg, these exceptional teachers are certainly flying the flag for South African teachers.
The Global Teacher Awards website, says that ‘the Prize was set up to recognize one exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession as well as to shine a spotlight on the important role teachers play in society. By unearthing thousands of stories of heroes that have transformed young people’s lives, the prize hopes to bring to life the exceptional work of millions of teachers all over the world.’
Please visit the following link for background information on the awards.
This is an extraordinary achievement. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate both teachers and especially, the Western Cape’s very own, Mr Sparrow.
The winner will be announced at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai in March 2016.
To see Mr Sparrow in action, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L40lc_rEzDU&feature=youtu.be