Vongaishe Changamire

"Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education thta the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm-workers can become the president" Nelson Mandela

 

The opportunity to work in education is one of the greatest things that has happened to me. It has been a journey or realization that education is actually every child's right rather than an obligation or responsibility. For my undergraduate studies at Africa University in Zimbabwe, I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree so I could contribute to making education accessible to every child in Zimbabwe.  I joined World Education Inc. right after graduation and worked with children and youths’ individual growth in parallel strengthening and catalyzing national and community development through linking advocacy and education. Our work sought to improve the lives of orphans and vulnerable children and families through programs in basic education, school governance, vocational and life skills education, integrated literacy, girls and women’s education, HIV/AIDS education and prevention.

 

The Zimbabwean education sector, over the decade, has been heavily affected and weakened by various emerging economic and social challenges. As a result thousands of children continue to drop out of school and some are never then afforded the opportunity to enjoy education as a basic right. “Second Chance Education” programs that serve as transit points to critical services and catch up mechanisms for school dropouts have therefore been the core of my interests. For several years I became heavily involved in the evolution of in-school and out of school non-formal education programs. These centers are designed to offer safe places for out-of-school children and youth to develop functional literacy or numeracy skills using an accelerated curriculum.

 

Participating in developing an accelerated curriculum and advocating for a Non- Formal Education Policy has led me to an in depth understanding of the challenges children encounter while trying to access education as well as understanding  the sector-wide programming and policy issues that have a bearing on agencies working with children in Zimbabwe and Africa at large.

 

I am excited to join the Center for International Education’s vibrant community. I strongly believe that this master’s degree program will be an excellent springboard for my career and will serve as a platform to understand the different dimensions and practical consequences of educational policy decisions and alternatives from various contexts within the globe.

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M.Ed.
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CIE Graduate