While the country has moved to lockdown alert Level 1 and many restrictions eased, we had taken the tough decision to host the 2020 graduation ceremony online. With the Covid-19 virus still a critical challenge, we wanted to avoid the risk of spreading the virus. We put the health and safety of our staff and teachers first. Our students come from different parts of South Africa, and the pandemic has financially affected many families. We also wanted to avoid any travel costs from being incurred by the graduates.
To us, graduation is a significant milestone after years of hard work that were put in to get to this point. Some of our graduating students may even be the first to graduate in their families. It is when we can all celebrate and congratulate our students for their effort into their degrees.
On Friday, 12 November, we hosted a virtual Graduation Ceremony to celebrate and recognise our 2020 student teachers for completing their 4 years in the Future Leaders Programme and their university programme of study. They have complied with all the requirements of the Future Leaders Programme and the Global Teachers Institute’s statutes is deemed a Future Leader in the teaching profession. On this occasion, we honoured 21 Graduates who connected from various GTI education hubs in the country.
Congratulations to the class of 2020. We are incredibly proud of their achievements. They have completed their final year of study with GTI during a global pandemic, their lives were disrupted in many areas, and there was a lot of uncertainty and added stress to deal with. We wish them well in future.
We are extremely grateful to Coty Inc. for their generosity by sponsoring our 21 Graduates and 100 Future Leaders with small gifts for them to enjoy.