Hlatywayo Lincoln

After completing and passing my Ordinary level studies in the remote district of Chipinge in 1993,  I never thought that one day I would be a degree holder. My graduation with a diploma in education was an achievement which never thought would be surpassed. In fact by the time I graduated as a teacher I somehow felt that I had reached Maslow’s highest level of needs. I never saw a bright educational future considering the bottle neck system that existed in higher education by then. The coming in of the Zimbabwe Open University coincided with my commencement of employment in 1999. As the bread winner from a very extended family there was no way I could enroll in a conventional institution of higher learning and the birth of  ZOU was real good news. I enrolled with ZOU for my undergraduate degree in Special Education and did very well. This degree enhanced my skills as a specialist teacher at Emerald Hill Secondary School for the Deaf. I left a culture of very good results in my subject area. When I enrolled for a MEd in Educational Psychology at MSU there was a tendency by classmates to look down upon those who acquired first degrees through distance education. In fact we were stigmatized. Our performance shocked everyone. We certainly became consultants for other students who were not used to independent learning. There was acceptance and appreciation of ZOU standards when I scooped the book prize. I did the same when I returned to ZOU for my second masters in Special Education.  I have contributed a lot towards the changing of people’s lives and communities around Zimbabwe and Southern Africa through my area of specialization, sign language. I have trained nurses and rehabilitation technicians from referral hospitals in Harare, Chitungwiza and Bulawayo. I have also trained a lot of parents whose children are deaf, civic society members and teachers among many others. In addition I have co-authored the handbook on inclusive education in Zimbabwean Schools. I have been and still a disability consultant to many organizations such Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, DHAT, THAMASO, SAFAIDS, NCHH, AFRICAID, and many others. I feel there are many out there who have the qualifications to pursue higher education. Distance Education is the way to go and it begins with ZOU, the one and only University that is mandated to provide open and distance learning in Zimbabwe. My life has been positively changed by this institution. I laugh lungs out when I hear and read on bad publicity about this institution. I will never regret being associated with my world class university, ZOU. If it were not ZOU I would not be one of the pioneer writers of the first ever HIV, AIDS and SRHR sign language dictionary in Africa published this November 2012.



The Harare Regional Campus will hold a teaching practice workshop for PGDE Intake 18, DipEd Intake 13, BECD Intake 6…

The Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) Bulawayo Regional Campus has moved their Student Representative Council (SRC)…

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 10:56

The Zimbabwe Open University is pleased to announce that His Excellency, Cde. R. G. Mugabe, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe and Chancellor of the Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) has appointed Professor Alfred Champion Ncube, as the Acting Vice Chancellor of

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Monday, January 15, 2018 - 12:47

The Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) and the Chitomborwizi Network entered into a major partnership which saw the two parties signing a Memorandum of Understanding in the capital on Friday this week.

ZOU Acting Vice Chancellor,

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Friday, January 12, 2018 - 08:36

The Zimbabwe Open University Harare Regional Campus through their Campus Culture joined the entire nation in commemorating 16 days of activism at their main campus in the capital recently.

The main objective of the event was to

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Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 08:55

Zimbabwe Open University students impressed at the just ended Impact Africa Debate and Public speaking tournament that was held in Botswana recently. The  event was held in Gaborone at Indaba Lodge from 18 to 22 December 2017.

ZOU was

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Friday, January 5, 2018 - 10:00

The Zimbabwe Open University, (ZOU) staff members joined the rest of the Southern African Universities Staff Sports Association (SAUSSA) family at Fort Hare University in South Africa for the 18th edition of their

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