Ivor Nober / Western Cape Representative
Ivor joined Opportunity Education as Coordinator for the Western Cape in June 2014. He taught for 37 years with 20 years as a Principal until he retired in March 2014. His teaching career started in 1977 at a farm school outside Oudtshoorn, Western Cape. In 1981 he moved to Cape Town and joined Levana Primary School as a Senior Teacher. In 1994 he was appointed Principal of Levana and continued in that role until his retirement.
Lavender Hill, where Levana is located, is a gang-ridden area with a high unemployment rate, and Ivor became involved in the early 2000's with community development. In 2001 he was appointed the Lavender Hill Safe Schools Cluster coordinator and in 2004 he was elected Chairperson of the Lavender Hill Development Forum. In this role he organized many community programmes in partnership with the City of Cape Town's Social Development Department in an attempt to uplift and support the community and to assist gangs with peace programmes. He was also a Computer Literacy Trainer (ICDL) for teachers at schools in the area. As a teacher and principal, he attended many courses including Conflict Management and Mediation and School Leadership and management at the University of Cape Town. He also attended the TEACH programme at Louisiana College in the USA under the sponsorship of Opportunity Education in 2011. The Opportunity Education programme was introduced into Levana in 2007 and Ivor is very familiar with it.