Ms Fatima Agathine, the head teacher of Au Cap primary school and Mrs. Miltna Jeanne, who is a teacher from La Digue school, were both rewarded for their long years of service in the teaching profession on Saturday evening, during the Award Ceremony and Gala Dinner at the Savoy resort and spa to close the 2016 Teacher's Week.
Ms Fatima Agathine started her teaching career in 1970 aged only 17 years at Anse Aux Pins primary school teaching in a P4 class. Two years later she joined the Teacher Training College where she journeyed through her first hurdle of teacher education. When she completed her training she returned to Anse Aux Pins primary school to teach at the same level. She was promoted to teach at secondary level in 1976 at the same school and thereafter transferred to Anse Royale Secondary School in 1981.
Her passion for French paved the way for further training and in 1981 she seized the opportunity to specialise in the teaching of French and after 2 years she was the proud recipient of a Diploma.
Armed with new knowledge and skills she continued to teach at Anse Royale secondary school and was later promoted as a Curriculum Co-ordinator in 1990. Having accumulated ten years at middle management, she gained promotion to headship at Pointe Larue primary school in 2001 where she worked until 2007. In 2008 she enrolled on the Masters of Administration in Educational Leadership and Innovation Programme and subsequently became the Headteacher of Au Cap primary school in 2010.
Altogether, Ms Agathine has amassed 46 years of service, out of which 32 years have been dedicated to teaching and curriculum supervision and 14 years in headship position. The ministry extends its sincere appreciation to Ms Agathine for her hard work and dedication towards the profession and wishes her a happy retirement.
Mrs. Militna Jeanne joined the teaching profession on the 17th July 1970 at the tender age of 16 as a supply teacher in lower primary at La Digue school. Miss Militna, as she is affectionately known by colleagues, parents and pupils took up the challenge with gusto and persevered to learn the ropes.
In 1976 she was transferred to Cascade school where she worked for five years. Thereafter she moved to Belonie school in 1981 and was fortunate to work under the leadership of the late Sister Jude. These were indeed exciting but trying times but nonetheless she did not flag in the face of difficulty and availed of the opportunity to follow a course of study in teacher training for lower primary at the then Seychelles Polytechnic in the Department of Education.
In 1994 Miss Militna was posted to Mont Fleuri primary school and had the privilege to work with Mrs Merida Delcy who was the Head teacher of the school at that time.
Nostalgia had the better of her for in 1996 she decided to return to her native island, La Digue. Miss Militna says she prefers to work with young children as she firmly believes that it is easier to mould a young child's character when they are still small, giving them a winning and a flourishing start. According to her colleagues, she is a special and fantastic teacher because she goes the extra mile for each of the children she teaches.
Miss Militna has accumulated 46 years of experience in the teaching profession. The ministry extends its sincere congratulations to her and thanks her for her hard work.