Trustee: Ms Makie Kortjass
Ms Makie Kortjass has a MA in Education from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. She has worked as a teacher, a lecturer, a course co-ordinator, a fieldworker and project manager. She is also a successful business woman.
Below, Makie gives us a glimpse into her world by sharing some of her thoughts and opinions…
As a child, what I loved most about school was participating in plays and extra-curricular activities.
Through my engagement with Class Act, I have come to realise that nothing in life comes easy. One has to work hard to pursue one’s dreams and to remain true to one’s values.
My idea of perfect happiness is being content with yourself and your achievements no matter how small they may seem.
I consider my greatest achievement to have acquired a post-graduate qualification and, as a result, to be in a position that enables me to empower other people.
I currently work as a tutor at SANTS Higher Education Institution, teaching modules in the BEd Foundation Phase and Intermediate Phase. I am also involved in assessing students for Work Integrated Learning (WIL). In addition, I attend to all administrative functions at the Ixopo Centre.
Education is everyone’s responsibility. Teachers should not be alone in educating learners. Parents, families and communities need to work together to support and enrich the lives of their children, who are the future.
I believe that Class Act makes an incredibly worthwhile contribution to the development of South African education through their highly effective projects. These projects impact positively in schools (urban and rural), communities, and education departments across the country.
As a trustee of Class Act I am honoured to be part of a team of experienced professionals who strive to make a difference in the education sector. I bring my experience from working in different educational contexts - I have been privileged to work in primary schools, a high school, a college of education, a university and in the educational publishing sector.
I draw inspiration from Steve Biko. Through his writings and activism he attempted to empower black people. He described his slogan ‘black is beautiful’, as meaning: ‘man, you are okay as you are, begin to look upon yourself as a human being’.