It is Saturday night in Cape Town. We spent the most amazing evening/night at the Microsoft Innovative Teachers Forum Gala Event. It was held in a botanical garden that can only be described as "out of this world". The evening felt like the oscars... One might say it was the Oscars of education.
Everyone dressed in gowns and suits, ready to acknowledge the best innovative teachers in the world. The Canadian team sat. At a verity of tables with colleagues whom they have developed relationships with. From Kenya to France to Norway to the United States, the world was definitely united.
We were treated with incredible African dancing, song and stories that were used to introduce each part of the evening.
Two Canadian teams were semi finalists, Curtis and I and Ian our team mate from New Brunswick.
We were both finalists in the collaborative project category. There were 12 finalists. Ian won third place. we are so incredibly proud of him. We did not get an official placement but being that we were top 12 of 200 000 projects I am proud to say Canada was well represented in Cape Town.
My hope was that we would place top 3 to recognize Curtis for going above and beyond in so many ways, however, Curtis expressed that this event has changed his way of thinking about education and he will never be the same educator again. That, to me, is more important than any award, student not only in the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division will be touched by him, but also many many students and educators from around the world.
We are also extremely proud to announce that Samuel, an educator from Ghana, who only has access to three computers, and has become a very close friend to Curtis and he took first place in the world in the community category. This only reaffirms that it is not what you hve, it is what you do with what you have that counts.
We spent the rest of the evening dancing and visiting with out friends around the world.
Today we spent the afternoon at Robben Island, the site where Nelson Mandela was held for 19 years. This place gave me an uneasy feeling. Not just because it was a prison island, but that it is an absolutely beautiful island yet the home of 4 prisons where political prisoners were held unjustly for so long.
Again, we will add pictures when we can.
Tomorrow, we are off on a safari. We hear it is something indescribable. We will update you after we chase some elephants!
Have a Great Day!
Kelli & Curtis
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