Sayed Mia is pictured here with old friends and colleagues at his Teacher Reunion of more than 40 years. Pictured is Mr Sayed Mia, with Mr Hoosain Ayob (right) when he was a teacher in the 1970’s and Collin Francis (left) who is now a principal in Lenasia, and was also a student of Mr Sayed Mia’s. Mr Mia’s ex students had so many wonderful memories to share and many complimentary things to say about his old teacher.
For those who don’t know, Education has always been an important part of Mr Mia’s life. It remains so today. In the early 1970’s Sayed Mia was an Afrikaans teacher. In those dark days of apartheid, Sayed was one of a handful of teachers to have a university degree in the Indian community. Having obtained his teacher’s diploma in 1968 from the University of Durban, he loved to impart knowledge and learning to the children around him in his classroom and his community.
Even going as far in the early 1970’s to sponsor the ‘Time to Learn’ project – a part time homework and study group which Mr Mia sponsored solely off his teachers salary to aid students who had no electricity or facilities at home. To supplement his income as a teacher, Sayed set off on his first trailblazing adventure. He started out in the insurance industry as a part time broker and by the mid 1970’s had excelled to such an extent that was able to secure his own brokerage firm in the socially underdeveloped Lenasia, at that time.
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