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Delegation from the University Warwick visits UNIVEN

On Monday, 18 February 2013 Patrick Dunne, Council Member at the University of Warwick and Rachael Swann, who is responsible for the implementation of the “Warwick in Africa” international community engagement project at the University of Warwick, visited UNIVEN. Since 2011 the UNIVEN partners with the University of Warwick in implementing “Warwick in Africa” in two schools in proximity to the Vuwani Science Resource Centre. In the first year of the project, young Mathematics and English teachers and senior students from the University of Warwick volunteered to provide tuition in the two schools, in 2012 a joined team of students and young teachers from the University of Warwick and UNIVEN taught in the Schools. The University of Warwick also invited two teachers from participating Schools to attend a teacher development programme at the University of Warwick in 2012.

Professor Vaith Sankaran, Director Vuwani Science Resource Centre; Mrs. Daphne Sadiki, teacher Ratshikwekwete Secondary School and alumna of the Warwick in Africa Teacher Development programme and Patrick Dunne, Council Member of the University of Warwick

At UNIVEN, the Vuwani Science Resource Centre, the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, the School of Education, the Directorate of Community Engagement and the Directorate of International Relations are jointly responsible for implementation of the project. The visit of the delegation was coordinated by the Directorate of International Relations.

Visit to Ratshikwekwete Secondary School (from left to right): Mr. Mavhivha, Principal Ratshikwekwete Secondary School; Dr. Philip Kutame, Head: Professional Development, UNIVEN School of Education; Mrs. Daphne Sadiki, Teacher Ratshikwekwete Secondary School and alumna of the Warwick in Africa teacher development programme; Patrick Dunne, Council Member, University of Warwick; Rachael Swann, University of Warwick; Prof. Vaith Sankaran, Director, Vuwani Science Resource Centre; Mr .Amos Mulaudzi, Teacher Ratshikwekwete Secondary School ; Mrs. Sophie Mulaudzi, Lecturer, School of Maths and Natural Sciences.

The core of the engagement was a visit to the Edison Nesengani Secondary School and the Ratshikwekwete Secondary School which participated in the project in the previous two years as well as an engagement with the Kolokoshani Secondary School which will for the first time in 2013 be involved in the project. The delegation discussed the planning for the imminent third edition of the project in the region. This year, 10 students from the University of Warwick will team teach together with students from the University of Venda and 6 qualified teachers will share their experience.

Visit to the Edison Nesengani Seondary School (from left to right): Rachael Swann, University of Warwick; Jerry Themeli, Teacher Edison Nesengani Secondary School and alumnus of the Warwick in Africa Teacher Development programme; Patrick Dunne, Council Member, University of Warwick; Me. Matshinyatsinbi ; Deputy Principal, Edison Nesengani Secondary School, Prof. Vaith Sankaran, Director: Vuwani Science Resource Centre; Mrs. Sophie Mulaudzi, Lecturer, UNIVEN School of Maths and Natural Sciences; Dr. Philip Kutame, Head: Professional Development, UNIVEN School of Education.

The delegation and members of the UNIVEN task team members shared information on the project with members of the university community in an information session which was attended by more than 100 students and staff members. Prof Jan Crafford, the Dean of the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, emphasised that Warwick in Africa at the UNIVEN had grown from mere collaboration to a meaningful University partnership. Patrick Dunne told the story of Warwick in Africa, which supports teaching in Schools across Africa. Mr Cornelius Hagenmeier, Director International Relations stressed the contribution the involvement of local students is making to internationalisation at UNIVEN. Barneby Kangoni, who was one of the UNIVEN team teachers in 2012, shared his experience of teaching as part of an international student team at rural-based schools.

Professor Crafford, Dean Mathematical and Natural Sciences, Barneby Kangoni, UNIVEN student and 2012 team teacher and Rachael Swann, University of Warwick

Prof. Vhonani Netshandama, Director Community Engagement, encouraged the broadening of the collaboration and motivated the students to think of ways in which they can contribute to this and other outreach programmes. Rachael Swann from the University of Warwick explained the rigorous application and selection process for local applicants from UNIVEN. Dr. Philip Kutame expressed in his vote thanks that he expects that the Warwick in Africa will benefit teaching in the School of Education specifically with regard to teaching methodology for mathematics. His wish is that in the future, opportunities will open up for UNIVEN students and staff members to visit the University of Warwick