The Zimbabwe Open University through their National Students Representative Council (SRC) took pat at the launch of the inaugural Pan African Students Forum (PASF) summit which was held at University of KwaZulu Natal’s Howard College campus recently.
ZOU set a five member delegation comprising of the Director of Centre for Student Management, Professor David Chakuchichi, National SRC President Sandra Chikeya, Vice President Stranger Chivasa, Secretary General Shupai Kamunyaru and the Treasurer Moreblessing Muvungani.
The four-day summit was held under the auspices of pan African student scholarship and leadership. The University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) SRC’s International and Marketing Portfolio organized the seminars in conjunction with the UKZN Zimbabwe Students Society (ZIMSOC).
Speaking on the opening day of the four day seminar, Mr Simbarashe Tembo, a UKZN PhD Law student and Ad Hoc Lecturer in the School of Law highlighted the need to establish an African student leadership that is founded on the principles of Pan Africanism and decolonization of African scholarship.
Student leaders from various institutions participated during the seminar with the aim to exchange ideas and launching a Pan African student leadership forum.
The seminar consisted of series of discussion topics such as Leadership styles within an African context, Team building and Leadership, Pan Africanism and Pan African Scholarship.
During the seminar, Student Representative Bodies of Zimbabwe Open University and University of KwaZulu Natal also made presentations on contemporary student governance.
Speaking on the sidelines of the seminar, Zimbabwe Open University Student President Ms Sandra Chikeya applauded the organizers for a well-organized event and alluded that the seminar is a step towards the decolonization of the African education system.
“This is an eye opener from African student perspective and I guarantee you a bright future for an African student,” said Ms Chikeya.
On his closing remarks, Mr James Ndlovu, the program coordinator, promised the delegates that the second edition of the event will be even bigger and far reaching.
Dean of Students at the Zimbabwe Open University, Professor David Chakuchichi, Dr Sybert Mutereko of the UKZN Discipline of Public Governance and Mr Maropeng Mpya from the UKZN School of Law also graced the occasion and made enormous contributions.