A Report on SACE’s Inaugural National Teacher’s Conference 2023

The South African Council for Educators (SACE) took an initiative to invigorate the educational landscape through its Inaugural National Teacher’s Conference held on April 20-21, 2023. This groundbreaking event was aimed at forging a platform where educators could reflect, collaborate, and voice their perspectives on issues impacting their profession amidst a rapidly evolving world.

The conference was well-attended, with over 500 delegates including educators, Early Childhood Development (ECD) practitioners, representatives from teacher unions, office-based educators, student teachers, stakeholders, and other dignitaries.

A wide array of topics were at the forefront of discussions, including leadership and management, ethical standards, Early Childhood Development, teacher well-being, safety and security, curriculum issues, classroom practices, and continuing professional development for teachers.

The Basic Education Minister, Mrs. Angie Motshekga, set the tone for the conference with a keynote address, highlighting the urgent need for a National Social Compact plan. She underscored the necessity to address the challenges faced by the education sector, with an emphasis on empowering teachers through provision of resources and training, especially in adapting to the ‘new normal’.

A celebratory gala dinner was organized to acknowledge and reward educators who have exhibited dedication in implementing the Continuing Professional Teacher Development (CPTD) system.

Prof. Ina Joubert, SANTS Executive Academic Director, took the opportunity to introduce SANTS and articulated its unwavering support to SACE and the goals of the conference.

The conference proved to be an enriching experience for all attendees. It served as a conduit for exchange of ideas and experiences, ultimately highlighting the imperative of collective action in elevating the education sector.

This event laid the foundation for a promising future in education, as teachers and stakeholders were equipped with the knowledge and motivation to drive positive change in their communities. The Inaugural National Teacher’s Conference demonstrated that through unity and dedication, the education sector can overcome challenges and adapt to a changing world.