The Education Focus Group is interested in the well-being and development of education in Zimbabwe and in Zimbabwean communities in the Diaspora. We are working towards the advancement of education in Zimbabwe through:
1. Networking with schools, colleges and universities in Zimbabwe and the UK and with educational organisations and policy-makers in Zimbabwe and throughout the Diaspora.
2. Recognising the brain drain from Zimbabwe of educational professionals across the spectrum and acting as a conduit in the engagement of the Diaspora in national educational development and in the reintegration of educational professionals on their return to Zimbabwe.
3. Contributing to the development of human capital through skills enhancement of Zimbabweans in Zimbabwe and the UK.
4. Fundraising for pupils in Zimbabwean schools and for training of Zimbabwean educational professionals.
The Group Facilitators are:
Dr Paul Matsvai
Paul was a secondary school teacher for thirteen years in Zimbabwe before proceeding to teach at Hillside Teachers College and Gweru Technical College. Subsequently he lectured in Curriculum Studies at the University of Zimbabwe. He is also a graduate of the University of East London where he obtained a PhD in Higher Education Studies.
Pauline worked as a secondary school teacher and curriculum developer in Zimbabwe for six years. On her return to the UK, she worked first as a lecturer and then as Assistant Dean in the Faculty of Humanities and Education at London Metropolitan University and as Dean of the School of Arts and Letters at Anglia Ruskin University. She is currently the Head of Humanities at Sheffield Hallam University.
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