AUTHOR: Njabulo Ndebele
PUBLISHER: City Press
DATE: 10 June 2012

DESCRIPTION: “From Inclusion to Belonging” was the theme of the conference. It is not enough, the conference theme implied, that a pupil be admitted to a school. Once admitted, the pupil must also experience the best possible educational growth. Dedicated, caring and professional teaching in a well-governed and managed school makes such growth possible. TeacherX lives and works in such a learning environment. I remember his quiet, self-effacing manner. It somehow made his presence loom even larger. His personal power seemed to lie in this calmness. His quiet yet confident voice evoked conviction. His thoughtful face conveyed warmth, care, honesty and sturdy conviction. I felt he spoke to me not so much with his voice but with the entire dignity of his person. I trusted him immediately.

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