It can be argued that without the guidance of our teachers, a number of us would not be where we are today because of the paramount role that they play on a daily basis. To salute the women and men who go above and beyond, AVBOB is recognizing teachers this World Teacher’s Month for their hard work and contribution to society.
Over the years, the funeral service and insurance provider has been dedicated to producing mutual value in communities in which they operate. The AVBOB Foundation comprises initiatives that create safe spaces for learners to receive education whilst supplying teachers with as many tools in their toolboxes as possible.
The Department of Basic Education’s (DBE) theme is “Working in Solidarity with Teachers During the Covid-19 Pandemic,” is especially pertinent in this time of drastic change which calls for all sectors of society to work together to ensure the continued wellbeing of our nation.
Throughout the current pandemic, teachers have shown admirable leadership and innovation in maintaining the support that they give to their learners. According to the department, despite the unprecedented challenges brought on by Covid-19, we’re seeing and hearing so many outstanding stories of teachers rising to the occasion and going above and beyond the call of duty for their learners.
“Possessing “courage under fire” is what has made AVBOB the organisation that it is today. Therefore, as we observe World Teacher’s Month, we hope that in our business practises, philanthropic initiatives and even in the very story of our organisation; we can convey a message of appreciation, compassion and hope to the teachers of our nation,” said AVBOB.
In 2017 AVBOB pledged R150 million to assist the DBE with their existing endeavours to upgrade schools’ infrastructure all over South Africa and R15 million of the pledged amount was earmarked for the Sanitation Appropriate for Education (SAFE) initiative which aims to provide safe ablution facilities at identified schools.
Through its flagship Container Library Project, AVBOB has provided 56 fully-equipped libraries to underprivileged schools since the project’s commencement in 2013. While education is of utmost importance, our initiatives are not limited to classroom activity, but also address the general welfare of our educators and learners.
As part of the World Teacher’s Month celebrations, the DBE will also be addressing various pertinent issues that affect teachers, including Gender-Based Violence (GBV). AVBOB recognises and accepts the responsibility that comes with being a compassionate corporate citizen by taking a stand against GBV and doing all we can to help stop this very visible epidemic in our society.