Leona Mandiudza gets PHD

TAWANDA HOMBA MASVINGO – Age must not be the reason for people to stop learning or going to school. This was said by Dr Leona Mandiudza, ...


– Age must not be the reason for people to stop learning or going to school.
This was said by Dr Leona Mandiudza, a grandmother of five and a lecturer in the Department of Education at the Great Zimbabwe University who has just earned her first doctorate from the University of Free State in South Africa.
A graduation party was held for Mandiudza recently at Great Zimbabwe Hotel and the special guest was Professor Rungano Zvobgo, the GZU Vice Chancellor. The event was emotional with some guests including Professor Zvobgo testifying on the difficulties that people of their time went through to get an education.
Theirs were true stories of humble beginnings, too difficult to imagine.
Dr Mandiudza is the wife of Diga Mandiudza who is the deputy provincial director in Masvingo.
Speaking to The Mirror after the event, Dr Mandiudza said people should continue reading even at 80 because information and knowledge makes them relevant and they continue refreshing their minds.
"A 20-year-old could look more than 80 if he/she stops reading while an 80-year-old can look 30 because he/she has information and is able to participate in activities," said Dr Mandiudza.
Dr Mandiudza who teaches Curriculum at the University said her thesis was on Curriculum Studies; an instructional guidance on Vocational Subjects.
She said vocational subjects must be taught in a better way where graduands must be able to use the skills for self employment. She added that this is what they are striving to do at GZU.
Some of the vocational subjects are agriculture, building , music and fashion and fabrics.
"We must not teach vocational subjects to give students information or theory but to give them  knowledge and skills so that they are able to use those skills to earn a living," said Dr Mandiudza.
She attended Gutu Secondary School, went to Morgester for a teacher training programme. She later got her BED and Masters from the University of Zimbabwe. She taught at various schools throughout the country including Victoria High and Mucheke where she became the head.
She resigned as the head at Mucheke to join GZU as a lecturer in 2010.
She said her husband was her biggest inspiration who always encouraged her. Other colleagues who inspired her are Flavian, Lukas Katsenya and the late Makore.
Those who attended the graduation included Professor Raphinos Chabaya from Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU), Professor Wiseman Magwa Vice Chancellor Reformed Church University (R.C.U) , Dr Phinius Makurira, Dr Killer Zivhu, Sylvester Tererai,and senior staff members from GZU, family and friends.
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The Mirror: Leona Mandiudza gets PHD
Leona Mandiudza gets PHD
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