Khangelani Sibiya is the Head of Department for Mathematics and Physical Science at Siphumelele Secondary School in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal. His unique approach to teaching mathematics and physical science earned him the 2019 Best Global Teacher Award in Dubai.“Mathematics is fun and that is why I use techniques such as composing songs when I teach. This helps learners recall the methods when they write tests,” he explained. He added that being recognized as the best teacher globally by the AKS Global Education network left him feeling honored, humbled and grateful all at once.
AKS Global Education is an innovative training, technology, education management and research organization that organizes the Global Teacher Awards annually. The awards identify and recognize exceptional teachers who have made an outstanding contribution to their profession.
Sibiya has dedicated his life to promoting Maths and Science far and wide and has reached over 25 000 learners across the country through various initiatives. During his 2nd year student at the University of Zululand in 2008, he established a non-profit organization called WTS Maths and Science Tutoring, which offers extra lessons in Maths and Science.
WTS Maths and Science Tutoring is available online and allows learners from various parts of the country to access information about upcoming camps that he organizes during school holidays. The next camp will be held from 23 to 29 March 2020 in Durban and learners from all provinces are welcome to attend.
The dedicated teacher also conducts one-on-one after-school lessons in mathematics and physical science for learners in Richards Bay from Mondays to Thursdays in Emzingazi, Mtubatuba, eSikhawini, Eshowe, Empangeni, Durban and Pietermaritzburg from Fridays to Sundays. He also encourages other teachers to look at innovative new ways of getting through to learners.
WTS has WhatsApp groups for both teachers and learners and various support documents which can be downloaded for free from www.wtstutoring.org.