HERO TEACHER WINS COMPETITION FOR CARE AND KINDNESS
PINKY Mchunu was the hero Mzomusha Primary School pupils had been waiting for.
They were so impressed by her that they nominated Mchunu for an award, which she won last week.
The 53-year-old Grade 6 teacher at the Inanda school was chosen from 33 835 nominations countrywide in the Woolworths Educational Programmes and MySchool competition.
“I am humbled by the award”, said Mchunu, 53.
It was a letter written by her pupil, Asimbonge Ndlovu, that gave Mchunu the edge.
The 12-year-old girl wrote: “Thank you for not only being a teacher, but a mother and provider to many of us. When you saw me without shoes and clothes, you made sure I did not feel the shame that came with poverty, you provided even though you did not have to.”
Ndlovu said Mchunu was a role model and played the part of a mother, ensuring that she came out top of her class despite her impoverished background. That was why she considered Mchunu a hero.
Ndlovu won a R5 000 Woolworths voucher for her submission and Mchunu won R25 000 and a R30 000 voucher.
Mchunu, who was still surprised that she won the award, said: “I grew up in a household where it was important to give back.”