UKZN alumnus Ms Sarisha Rameshlall Komal is one of 17 South African teachers awarded for Excellent Performance in Education by the South African Council for Educators (SACE).

As part of the award, Komal who lives in Durban and has been in education for the past 18 years, was invited to Centurion in Gauteng for a two-day programme which included orientation with SACE and ARGO, interviews with E-TV’s Mind Set, and meet and greet sessions with other experienced academics and role players in education in South Africa.

‘A highlight was being able to meet and communicate with Angie Motshega the National Minister of Basic Education. Teachers were honoured and acknowledged for doing a great job in their field,’ said Komal. ‘I was brought up to believe that excellence in my profession and life is the only option.’

Komal has travelled to India, Kenya and Mauritius sharing ideas on youth development in education. She has also researched and presented many papers to principals and senior management teams focusing on development of holistic youth development programmes for schools as policy.

Currently she is doing a Doctorate in Education focussing on youth leadership development in schools with her research concentrating on the input of emotional intelligence.

At the function in Centurion, Komal was also recognised for being placed in the Top 10 in the 2012 Stars in Education Awards which acknowledges the central role educators play in their communities.

Komal earned the recognition for making a difference through an educational intervention for a school’s project called Conversation Circles for Parents (CC4P) which she created and facilitated with counsellors in a Western Cape school and now at schools in KwaZulu-Natal. (YOUTUBE link

‘It is about bridging the gaps between parents, pupils and schools through experiential learning,’ said Komal.

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