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Mother of all Professions - Episode Synopsis

Mother of all Professions
SABC2 11am
Episode 2 – 1 March 2011
Fari Frederick Rufetu (Striving for Education against All Odds)
Fari Frederick Rufetu had humble beginnings.  Born into a family of nine siblings, he started herding cattle and goats at the age of four, he never went to crèche and never had shoes until he went to high school, in standard 6 (grade eight).  He married a domestic worker (kitchen girl), and against all odds, he and his wife, are both Masters students.  Frederick is a Fulbright Scholar.  He has been involved with education for thirty years and still finds it exciting to teach.  During the Fifa 2010 World Cup he was invited by his former school in Manhattan, New York, to attend a graduation because all the students he taught passed and the school obtained a hundred percent pass rate, a first in the history of the school.

Mother of all Professions
SABC2 11am
Episode 3 – 8 March 2011
Pumla Mabilo (Fighting for the Right to Educate an African Child)
Mrs. Pumla Mabilo was a science teacher at the Winnie Ngwekazi primary school for eleven years.  Her husband sponsored her education until she became a teacher and later principal of the school in 1997.  Taking charge at the school wasn’t easy for Pumla, the school had many challenges.  With the coming together of teachers and Pumla allowing suggestions from her staff, things started to happen.  The school was established in 1956 in Pimville, Soweto, by educational activist, Mrs. Winnie Ngwekazi who started the school to care for children who were turned away by other schools.  Today Pumla is tasked with the responsibility of continuing Mama Winnie’s legacy of striving for the right to educate an African child.

Mother of all Professions
SABC2 11am
Episode 4 – 15 March 2011
Paul Grobler (Teaching Children about God, the Creation, Themselves & Others)
Paul Grobler, a lecturer in the IT sector by training was called into full-time ministry after training in the corporate and college environment for six years.  Paul followed his heart and went into full-time ministry during 2004. He is still involved in training and lectures part-time in the corporate sector.  Paul is a participant on a computer talk show on RSG and is involved with children and youth ministries at his local church.  He assists the church, school and youth group communities to live life and reach their full potential.  He encourages them to grow spiritually, socially, and physically through the use of experiential education principles in a safe, stimulating and adventurous setting.

Mother of all Professions
SABC2 11am
Episode 5 – 22 March 2011
Pastor Lebo Pule (combining ministry and education)
Pastor Lebo Pule is a qualified auditor and accountant. He left his lucrative job to join the ministry. Upon joining, he unleashed his full potential of being an educator, through preaching in his community. His not so great upbringing did not hinder him from answering his calling and being the best that he is today.

Mother of all Professions
SABC2 11am
Episode 6 – 29 March 2011
Maureen Mothibe (retired teacher reviving past skills to assist present day learners)
62 year old Mrs Mothibe was called back to the classroom because of her exceptional teaching skills. Present day learners have the privilege of benefiting from her knowledge and wisdom. Going back to the classroom was not an issue for her because teaching is her first love.

Mother of all Professions
SABC2 11am
Episode 7 – 5 April 2011
Jackie Gallagher (helping the underprivileged achieve their goals)
Jackie Gallagher is the founder and general manager of the Sparrow Schools Educational Trust.  Twenty years ago Jackie placed a small newspaper advertisement that resulted in her teaching four learners every Saturday in a church hall in Joubert Park, Johannesburg. Today her initiative has grown into a well-respected educational organisation that has helped thousands of children prejudiced by the educational policies of the apartheid government to better their education and skills for a brighter future. Today, Sparrow Schools and Educational Trust, two interconnected projects cater for around 600 children and youth from impoverished communities, employing 82 staff members at the Foundation School in Melville and the Sparrow Combined Vocational Training Centre in Sophiatown.

Mother of all Professions
SABC2 11am
Episode 8 – 12 April 2011
Mavis Mohlolo (Having a spirit of perseverance and encouragement)
Mavis Mohlolo comes from humble beginnings.  She did her schooling in the Eastern Cape where she was born.  Upon completing matric she came to Johannesburg to look for opportunities to further her studies, but unfortunately her father lost his job back at home and that’s when her dream of getting a further education was shattered. She was unemployed sitting at home when she heard of Siyakhula.  When she arrived at Siyakhula she didn’t know how to use a computer, now she is the trainer and manager of Siyakhula Computer School, training over 600 students a year on her courses by providing low-cost high quality training.  Today her students are at top IT companies around SA including Vodacom, HP, LGIT Smart Solutions, etc.

Mother of all Professions
SABC2 11am
Episode 9 – 19 April 2011
Sharanjeet Shan (Maths, science and Technology projects along with entrepreneurship education).
Due to various reasons, Sharanjeet’s education was interrupted but she managed to rise above the obstacles and achieve high levels in education. Her passion for maths and science helped her travel the world championing the cause of children’s education and learning.
For further details on other educational programmes, visit www.sabceducation.co.za. You can also interact with the programme on www.facebook.com/SABCEducation.

Mother of all Professions
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Episode 10 – 23 April 2011 - Mr Mathopa
Phuto Timothy Mathopa has been an educator for the past 27 years. In June 1997, he was seconded to become principal of Bokgoni Technical Secondary School.  When he became principal, he implemented a new strategy ‘to strive never to be satisfied with what they have but endeavour to improve what they have for the better’.  Mr.Mathopa is a true hero, representing many principals running schools in some of our poorest communities.  Within a year he took over the new school, the pass results were 57%, he made all his learners move from functional maths to general maths, and then improved the pass results to 92%.  In 2006 the pass results became 100%.  He is one of a few teachers serving poor communities whose own children attend school where he is the principal.

Mother of all Professions
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Episode 11 – 30 April 2011 – Mama Keikabile Motlatsi
Motlatsi Keikabile is a community sports activist who is in a bid to give back and contribute to the growth of sport in communities.  ‘Mama’ Motlatsi Keikabile as she is affectionately known has dedicated the last 30 years to promoting sport in schools and communities.  She has given her life to the promotion of sport in South Africa and she is heavily involved in athletics administration, as a technical manager for Athletics South Africa, and as President of Athletics North West Province.  She grew up knowing no other way of passing time except by participating in all sorts of sporting activities.  She comes from the era familiar with the potato, sack and egg & spoon races.  While at college she wanted to be a sports coach, she was told it was a man’s job, this made her determined to prove everybody wrong.

Mother of all Professions
SABC 2 Saturdays @ 11h30
Episode 12 – 7 May 2011 - Ramosadi Primary School
Cushioning the Botswana border in the North West Province of South Africa, a little village ‘Ramosadi’ is home to a little school, quietly conducting its mandate since 1959.  Ramosadi Primary has almost 300 learners who defy life's brutal barriers to attend school each day.  They come to learn from Mr Thabang Mogale from Mafikeng who makes a difference in his community.  He is aware of the dangers of an unoccupied mind and prepared a project for grade five learners at the school to improve their literacy levels.  Ramosadi Primary school was rewarded with a grant of over half a million rand for their creative proposal M-Ubuntu that uses mobile phones to build a literacy collaborator, through which primary school teachers develop partnerships, identify strategies and create content to engage and advance functional literacy in young learners.

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