Joburg woman among the best teachers globally

JOHANNESBURG – Marjorie Brown, a history teacher in Johannesburg has been named one of the 50 best teachers in the world, IOL reports.

She was also recently voted to the Executive Committee of the South African Society of History Teachers.

Brown, who is also head of the History Department at Roedean School in Johannesburg has been applauded for her dedication and discipline.

According to IOL, Brown has been shortlisted for the 2018 Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize – the most prestigious accolade for teachers worldwide.

The winner for the category to be announced in March next year will walk away with a lucrative price of $1 million (around R13 million).

Over 30.000 educators from 173 countries around the globe were nominated for the prize but only 50, including Brown have drawn based from a diverse and talented global pool.

Executive head at Roedean, Murray Thomas expressed delight and applauded Brown for raising the country’s flag high.

“We have been privileged to have someone like Marjorie Brown in our school, she has an inspiring work ethic and is deeply committed to both local, school based, and national, perhaps even universal concerns,” said Murray.

“As a history teacher, she is unsurpassed,” Murray added “She helps students learn from, and understand the past. But she goes further, too: by developing critical insights, she helps her pupils to understand what drove people to be resistors, bystanders, collaborators and perpetrators in different situations.”

Brown expressed concerns of inequality where only eight percent of public schools in South Africa have well-resourced libraries.

Brown has also written and published journal articles on teaching History through De Bono’s Thinking Maps and has also began the international Kids Lit Quiz, an initiative which grows children into passionate readers.


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