Educator Profile: Nqobizitha Nyakunu
GLOBAL – ZIMBABWE
YOUTH GLOBALISATION AWARENESS PROGRAMME (YGAP)
Educator Profile: Nqobizitha Nyakunu
Nqobizitha Nyakunu was selected by Patsime Trust, IFWEA affiliate in Zimbabwe where he had been working, to attend YGAP in 2016. He reflects on the experience and talks about the importance of education.
What was your experience at YGAP like?
My experience at YGAP was exciting and every enjoyable. Met different individuals from various countries and had an opportunity to learn new cultures and traditions. Enjoyed focused and solution driven discussions, hearing authentic information about the economic, political and environmental statuses of the countries represented. Got to understand the outside world has misconceptions about Zimbabwe, and having to tell the situations and activities in my country fostered my patriotic pride. Unified activities with the participants gave me an opportunity to learn about their religions, traditions and few words of their language. Trust and commitment developed and brought out through the activities, tasks and the final postcards created. The major thing that I learnt is that we are all the same; despite the difference in race, tribe and nationality, we can all work for one common purpose.
What work are you currently doing? What are the challenges and what do you enjoy?
Currently I’m a television producer at the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, the national broadcaster, under the department of Entertainment and Factual. The current challenges are the lessening of viewership because of the programming and transmission quality. The broadcaster is also undergoing the process of content creation and not much has been done so far because of the monetary constraints due to the unstable economy. I enjoy the recordings of entertainment shows such as musical programs, reality shows and events coverage.
Did YGAP influence how you do your work? In what way?
I’m a person who now is able to have open discussions with various people and accept different thoughts. It has been easy for me to realize that we all have different lifestyles and interests, however, when a problem seems to be emanate in all the separate lives, it is an issue to be dealt with. Advocacy for human rights and informal education as a supplementary provision to formal education has grown to be one of my interests. I have also learn that I cannot deal with problems on my own and once I start engaging more people for help and advice, it becomes a simple issue to deal with. All this traits were developed during my participation in the YGAP program.
Why do you think education is important?
Education is important because it provides information about topical issues and increases the basic knowledge we have about our lives. It creates a platform for various people to share ideas and work towards achieving goals. Education is important mitigating most of the challenges faced in life and helps open doors to a lot of opportunities for better prospects in career growth. With education, there is a boost in creativity, innovation and development of analytical skills.
What do you think of the study circles methodology?
The study circle methodology is a focused strategy in bringing people together with a common interest, and this provides solution driven discussion rich in ideas and planning. The fact that is open for any topical issue; from social, political through to gender issues makes it a vital informal educative system that provides information through synchronized communication. The self-sufficiency of the study circle prevents it from being biased to any political party or institution.
Can you give us any highlights of what you will be up to this year?
I will be working on producing three television programs to be screened by the national broadcaster. I’m already part of the cast in a local drama series and working to be a presenter in an upcoming entertainment show. I will also continue doing charity events and visits to orphanages and refugee camps and donating for the less privileged.