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Meet educator extraordinaire - Sibongile Mokoena
Sibongile Mokoena is passionate about sharing the exciting and life-changing world of knowledge with the young people of South Africa.
In a career spanning 40 fruitful years, she has taught and mentored generations of young people throughout the country, not only as school teacher, but also as a college lecturer, an author of an award-winning environmental learning guide and, ultimately, as the dynamo at the helm of the highly acclaimed environmental education outreach programme of the South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON).
The SAEON programme has not only succeeded in raising awareness among a large number of young people about the importance of environmental observation and conservation, but has also introduced them to the exciting world of environmental sciences through science camps led by passionate young scientists, where hands-on activities expose learners to the scientific skills of environmental observation. This training has had a marked impact on the progress of the learners in maths and science, and several of these youngsters have since opted for careers in the sciences.
Sibongile firmly believes that teachers are crucial to the education process, hence the teacher training courses she has introduced at the SAEON nodes to improve the quality of science learning. These courses are so in demand that teachers gladly sacrifice their holidays to attend the courses. Always the perfectionist, Sibongile has an evaluation body in place that regularly monitors and evaluates the impact of SAEON's education outreach programme to ensure best practices throughout.
GetSETgo spoke to Sibongile about her passion for teaching and mentoring, her future plans and the things in life that excite her.
Tell us about your work in science education outreach
What does your position at SAEON entail?
What did you do before joining SAEON?
Where did you grow up?
What did you study after school? Where and why?
What are your future plans?
What do you do in your spare time?
What is your favourite dish?
What excites you most about life?
Tell us more about your family
What are your hobbies?
What is your motto?
Small wonder then that many of the young people Sibongile taught and mentored over the years have become her lifelong friends, even though some have left South African shores to take up careers abroad. Even today they still seek the wisdom and advice of their teacher and mentor.
Contact Sibongile Mokoena at Tel 012 349 7713.