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A lecturer from the NWU’s Mafikeng Campus took top honours at the university’s annual Institutional Teaching Excellence Awards (ITEA) ceremony.
Dr Liqhwa Siziba of the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences’ academic literacy unit was the winner in the Distinguished Teaching Excellence Award (DTEA) category. She is the first lecturer from the Mafikeng Campus to receive this recognition.
The awards ceremony took place on Friday, 8 April during a gala dinner in Potchefstroom.
Awards were presented in three categories, namely the Emerging Teaching Excellence Award (ETEA), the Teaching Excellence Award (TEA) and the Distinguished Teaching Excellence Award (DTEA).
There were 42 awards in total. The faculty that produced the most winners is the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology on the Vaal Triangle Campus with six winners, followed by the Potchefstroom Campus’s Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Education Sciences with five winners each.
The awards recognise teaching and learning excellence. The awards process identifies and encourages innovative and outstanding lecturers on all the NWU campuses and show appreciation to them for their commitment to student success.
Participants in the awards must submit a reflective portfolio as evidence of their teaching and learning activities. There is also observation of at least two learning opportunities, one of which is unannounced.
Dr Liqhwa Siziba says she is humbled and honoured. “I did not make the journey alone; numerous people have supported me along the way. I owe thanks to my parents, amazing professors, friends and academic mentors. To everyone who motivates and supports me, I salute you.”
For Liqhwa, the award is a reminder to work harder each day and focus on her students’ learning needs. “I consider it an honour to walk into a classroom and inspire students to critically think about the world they live in.”
She says receiving awards is wonderful, but helping a student on his or her educational journey is reward enough. “I am one of those fortunate people who go home every day knowing that I make a difference in my community just by being a teacher. My greatest reward is being a teacher.”
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