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Ivory Park teacher gets recognition for his contribution

Tema (28) who currently teaches in the North West province, continues to shine and represent his community wherever he is.

A self-motivated young teacher who hails from the streets of Ivory Park was honoured with a prestigious award from the Hope Givers Foundation and Raising Legends.

John Tema was recognised as a young legend under the category of education and academia.

He said the recognition showed that his work was paying off.

“Being honoured as a young legend by the Hope Givers Foundation and Raising Legends was a great achievement because it shows my efforts are noticed and appreciated.

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“The nomination came as a surprise.”

John Tema awarded for his hard work in education, the profession of his choice.

Tema (28) who currently teaches in the North West province, continues to shine and represent his community wherever he is, as he does not forget the township that raised him to be the person he is today.

Tema grew up loving to share knowledge and concepts with his peers.

He was inspired whenever he explained a difficult equation to his peers, after which they would understand it better.

This is what inspired him to switch from his dream of being a top chef in the hospitality industry to being a teacher.

He went through a difficult time while at university when he lost his mother in 2016.

John Tema awarded for his hard work in a prestigious event.

“I found myself in a dark space at the time I was finishing my degree, but I did not lose faith.”

His family stepped in to take over the parental role alongside members of his church and the community.

He used his story to elevate his life and continues to use his knowledge to elevate others who might have been where he passed through.

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Tema said he has continued his community work in the North West.

He also extends his service to the community where he grew up in Ivory Park.

Tema believes that growing up in the area made him who he is today.

His work in Ivory Park consists of helping learners from various schools with consumer studies and social sciences to ensure they can reach their dreams.

“Doing so, I have seen a lot of boys becoming better citizens in the community with a changed mindset.

“I believe my work also contributes to the fight against gender-based violence because young boys receive all the support that they need instead of growing up bitter.

“As a young man, I believe teaching just one young man good morals will ensure those morals are passed on to another young man.

“This will lead to everyone living in a safe community and country,” he said.

 
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