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I have worked in the field of Special Education for nine years with past academic achievements such as a BA in International Law and Human Rights and a Diploma in Early Childhood Education. In 2013, I completed an international teaching certification through a scholarship with the University of Cambridge UK; this further led to an award in Teaching and Learning.  My work experience ranges from students with mild learning challenges, to those with severe cognitive challenges, those on the ASD spectrum, those with sensory challenges, motor challenges, chronic conditions and the highly able, both in local and private schools. 

 

In Zimbabwe and in the continent of Africa, Special Education is still a growing need. During my BSc Honours in Special Education with the Zimbabwe Open University, this problem was further illuminated to me through all the coursework we had to complete. I have been fortunate to have completed this degree because it is thorough and provided me with essential skills and knowledge to meet a wide range of student needs. The practicum allowed me to further explore both clinical and vocational settings that I was not exposed to, further equipping me with skills for community development and creating employment for adults and teens with disabilities. With support from my supervisor Mr Nyatsanza, I am even realizing my dream to contribute further to research in Special Education through the upcoming publishing of an academic article. 

In my career, I am currently starting up a Special Needs Department in Cote d’Ivoire at an affluent school. I am also training teachers from Europe, America and other parts of Africa in inclusive practices and differentiation. I have further been chosen to represent my current school and country in an international special needs and inclusion network and have been chosen to participate in a women's leadership program. Furthermore, I am embarking on a Masters degree in Educational Leadership with the university of Leicester UK because I believe we need more educational leaders who are trained in inclusion in order for it to become a practice and not just a promise. 

 

Ms Changamire pleaded with the community to fight together to end GBV and to strive to make the world a better place.

Thank You, Tinotenda, Siyabonga Ms Judith Changamire!

Zimbabwe Open University Alumnus