South African maths and science teacher Khangelani Sibiya has beaten contenders from 79 countries to win the coveted teacher of the year award in Dubai.
Sibiya, who hails from Newcastle in KwaZulu-Natal, said his teaching have reached over 25,000 pupils across the country so far.
The global award recognises innovation and creativity in teaching and learning.
Sibiya believes he won the title because of his creative strategy, which involves using traditional music and indigenous languages to teach maths and science.
“I am a teacher at a Richards Bay school. On weekends, I provide support to different schools on science and maths.”
The 33-year-old Sibiya runs an NPO called KWV Tutoring which he founded in 2008. On weekends, he grants extra classes to learners from different school.
He says he’s reached over 25k learners since he started his NPO and hopes to attract sponsorships so he can hire more teachers to reach more pupils in 2020.