Educating Zimbabwe for the 21st Century: What Every Educator Should Know

Morgan Chitiyo
Associate Professor, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

John Charema, PhD
Director of Education, Mophato Education Center, Botswana

Moses B. Rumano, PhD
Assistant Professor, Malone University, Canton, OH, USA

Jonathan Chitiyo, PhD
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, USA

George Chitiyo
Assistant Professor, Tennessee Tech. University, Cookeville, TN, USA

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: EDU000000

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This book offers an insightful and critical examination of Zimbabwe’s educational system. The authors take a broad perspective and explores the most important aspects of the educational system. The book starts by looking at the history of Zimbabwe’s educational system focusing on its development from an exclusionary past where a few privileged individuals could access education, and proceeds to explore the country’s universal education, which follows the attainment of political independence from Great Britain in 1980. The authors then go on to examine the socio-economic and political factors that have contributed to the collapse of a once-vibrant educational system that has been credited with producing, arguably, some of Africa’s finest professionals.

As an antidote to this, the authors discuss service delivery models that have emerged as “best and effective” practices in education and how these could transform the country’s education system so that it can meet the educational, societal, professional, and economic demands of the 21st Century – a timely focus for a country trying to reinvent itself as it emerges from a decade-long severe socio-economic and political crises.

The authors did an excellent job of discussing how to maximize positive educational outcomes for every Zimbabwean child via early childhood education, special education, inclusive education, counselor education and educational research. The authors focus on fundamental educational issues pertaining to teacher preparation, emphasizing structural, functional and sociological needs in response to the demands of a 21st Century economy. This book is an excellent resource for scholars, researchers, teacher preparation programs, professional development programs for in-service teachers, development studies programs, history scholars, and policy-makers. (Imprint: Nova)

Foreword
Dzingai Mutumbuka (Former Minister of Education (1981-1989), Association for the Development of Education in Africa, Tunis, Tunisia; Current Chair of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa, Tunis Tunisia)

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About the Authors

Chapter 1. The Zimbabwean Education System: A Historical Overview
Moses Rumano (Assistant Professor, Malone University, Canton, OH)

Chapter 2. The Current Structure and Focus of Education in Zimbabwe
Moses Rumano (Assistant Professor, Malone University, Canton, OH)

Chapter 3. Early Childhood Education
John Charema (Director of Education, Mophato Education Center, Botswana)

Chapter 4. Special Education in Zimbabwe: Historical and Legal Foundations
Morgan Chitiyo (Associate Professor, Duquesne University, Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA)

Chapter 5. Students with Disabilities and Their Educational Needs
Morgan Chitiyo (Associate Professor, Duquesne University, Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA)

Chapter 6. Inclusive Education
Morgan Chitiyo (Associate Professor, Duquesne University, Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA)

Chapter 7. Origins, Theories and Background of Counselor Education in Zimbabwe
John Charema (Director of Education, Mophato Education Center, Botswana)

Chapter 8. Teacher Preparation in Zimbabwe
Moses Rumano (Assistant Professor, Malone University, Canton, OH)

Chapter 9. The Role of Counselor Education Today
John Charema (Director of Education, Mophato Education Center, Botswana)

Chapter 10. Assessment in Education
George Chitiyo (Assistant Professor, Tennessee Tech. University, Cookeville, TN)

Chapter 11. Research in Education
George Chitiyo (Assistant Professor, Tennessee Tech. University, Cookeville, TN)

Chapter 12. Overcoming Current Challenges and Preparing Students for the 21st Century
Jonathan Chitiyo (PhD Candidate, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL)

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