Passion and innovation are hallmarks of award winning educator
Nothing is more rewarding for the Director of ORT Argentina’s Construction Department, Horacio Kejsefman, than daily contact with his students. And judging from the success his students enjoy at various competitions, there is nothing more rewarding for them than daily contact with their teacher.
Mr Kejsefman’s extraordinary commitment and impact have made him a fitting recipient of this year’s Beatrice Wand-Polak Educators Award, World ORT’s annual recognition of a shortlist of its most effective teachers.
No longer a man’s world – half students are female
Impressive from the day he joined ORT Argentina in 1984 after graduating as an architect from the University of Buenos Aires, his talents blossomed on becoming Head of Department in 1997 since when he has continually added value to his programmes by devising modern curricular changes and ensuring his teaching teams are trained in the latest pedagogical ideas and methods.
“My goal is to give students a comprehensive and specific training that enables them to analyse and project the habitat from a functional, constructive and spatial standpoint, so that they can later on undertake and manage the production of their own projects with identity values, sustainability and social responsibility,” he said.
Under his directorship, an internship programme has been introduced which, together with seminars provided by guest professionals, has helped to prepare students for the world of work.
And his innovations have opened up what was a previously boys-only study track so that now half the students are female.
“What an honour it is for me to receive this award, especially as it comes from ORT, the organisation in which I first developed and grew as a teacher,” he said, adding: “Being a teacher has given me the opportunity to plan and generate strategies in order to share knowledge with students and convey to them my professional experience in the fields of construction and architecture. And I am proud to say that I am surrounded by a team of young professionals who also share my passion for teaching and developing new projects.”