Fellow Since 1994
The Teacher Trust
This profile was prepared when Sharon Levy was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1994.
The New Idea
Sharon Levy believes teachers and other education workers should not be blamed for the failings of the South African education system. Rather, they must be encouraged to rebuild the system. Many of these front-line teachers are anxious to imagine, develop, apply and help spread new ideas in this time of movement and hope for South Africa. Sharon has launched The Teacher, a non-partisan newspaper (in both hard copy and electronic forms) owned and run by teachers. The main objective of the paper is to create an interactive setting in which teachers are able to draw on creativity and classroom experience and demonstrate and exchange examples of methods that work. The Teacher supports an approach to teaching and learning that encourages critical thinking, problem-solving, the spirit of inquiry, questioning, debate and democratic practices. Sharon's second objective is to provide a forum for teachers to make their voices heard on all aspects of education policy and reform in South Africa's highly bureaucratic and hierarchical education system.