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FEEL GOOD | ‘Passionate and solution-driven’ Cape City principal given lifetime achievement award



  • A Cape City principal has been awarded a lifetime achievement award.
  • Kannemeyer Major Faculty principal Ridwan Samodien was handed the award by the Western Cape schooling division
  • The award comes solely 10 months earlier than his retirement.

A Cape City principal has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award for his work in uplifting a Grassy Park faculty.

The Kader Asmal Lifetime Achievement Award comes solely 10 months earlier than Ridwan Samodien, the headmaster at Kannemeyer Major Faculty, is about to retire.

He was described on the awards, held by the Western Cape schooling division on 9 September, as a neighborhood builder and alter agent in schooling who had “devoted his life to enhancing the lives of the marginalised and deprived learners of his neighborhood”.

Samodien began his educating profession 42 years in the past, on the insistence of his father.

As a matriculant in 1976, he longed to check legislation and combat for many who discovered themselves unjustly earlier than the apartheid authorities’s courts. However his father insisted he grow to be a instructor as an alternative.

Samodien mentioned:

As soon as I set foot contained in the classroom, I fell in love with the kids. I’ve the best of respect and love for my father for his knowledge.

His first put up was at Salt River Moslem Major Faculty, affectionately known as Kipling Road based mostly on its location, however he later took on the put up as an artwork instructor at Kannemeyer Major.

The varsity grew to become his dwelling, and he was later appointed as head of division and performing principal briefly succession.

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It was throughout this time that Samodien struggled to seek out his management type, and the varsity started shedding employees and kids.

Decided to alter this, he signed up for a programme that may remodel him professionally – the Companions for Chance management growth and principal assist programme.

Developed by Louise van Rhyn in 2012, the programme sees enterprise leaders companion with principals to seek out methods to enhance management at colleges, discover what potentialities for development exist at colleges, and place colleges on the centre of their communities.

Samodien mentioned:

I used to be curious after I heard concerning the programme. On the time, Louise wanted a principal who can be a guinea pig, and I made myself obtainable.

The partnership strengthened his confidence and abilities as a pacesetter and led to constructive change on the faculty.

In line with Companions for Chance, Samodien’s “management has, largely, led to the varsity buying a brand-new corridor, a completely useful library and several other specialised school rooms, together with science and ICT labs, the place efficient educating and studying are doable”.

The educating employees is pleased and motivated, and members of the father or mother physique have an interest and concerned within the education of their youngsters.

That partnership birthed the Companions for Chance programme that exists at this time, with Samodien as its co-founder.

Since then, greater than 1 400 principals and greater than 1,000,000 youngsters have benefitted from the programme in simply 10 years.

Samodien has gone on to coach as an accredited life coach and facilitator and makes use of these abilities to deal with the influence of social challenges on the pupils and broader faculty neighborhood.

The division mentioned:

As a instructor, considered one of his important goals is to construct the conceit of learners to assist them to transcend their socioeconomic circumstances. This drive contains common dwelling visits to learners and fogeys to empathise, encourage and counsel.

It described Samodien’s management abilities and administration type as “exemplary in addressing challenges within the faculty and neighborhood”.

“He’s passionate and solution-driven in addressing the wants of his learners and employees. He embodies the values and norms of fine citizenship and that of the Western Cape schooling division and conjures up learners to be the most effective they are often regardless of the various socioeconomic challenges they face daily.”

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In reflecting on his profession, Samodien recalled how the varsity, constructed throughout apartheid, used to characteristic rest room cisterns which have been all embossed with the phrases “skool vir kleurling leerlinge” (faculty for colored youngsters).

“They did not even have the title of the varsity on them. The varsity was designed to ship inferior schooling, however we now have refused to simply accept that tag. We crafted a imaginative and prescient for ourselves that we needed to be the varsity of selection on this neighborhood, and at this time, we try to be a faculty of excellence,” he mentioned.

“My work remains to be not completed. There may be nonetheless a lot I might need to give to the varsity, however time is catching up with me. I’ll at all times be linked to the varsity.”

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