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Home Affairs: We are not to blame for Wits student's suicide – IOL

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Johannesburg – The Department of Home Affairs has responded to suggestions that a Wits PhD candidate, Philip Chuma, had committed suicide, in part, due to its failure to issue him with a student visa.

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On May 10, IOL reported that former Zimbabwe minister of education, Professor Jonathan Moyo branded South Africa’s Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi an Aphrophobe.

Moyo tweeted “PHILIP CHUMA, a Ph.D. candidate at Wits University in Johannesburg, died by suicide over the weekend; in a tragic case that has the evil trappings of the anti-Zimbabwean Afrophobia being pursued by Minister Motsoaledi at Home Affairs. Chuma played by the rules, to no avail. MHSRIP!”

In response to the insinuation that the DHA was to blame for the tragedy, the department issued a statement addressing the issue.

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That statement in part reads: “The Minister issued Directions gazetted on 28 September 2021 opening applications for visas under the Immigration Act, including study visas. The student was a holder of a study visa which expired in January 2022. Nothing prevented the said student from registering since September 2021. Furthermore, there was no hurdle for him to register with the University without the involvement of the DHA. Indeed, many foreign students successfully registered at various learning institutions, including Wits University.”

Referring specifically to the case of Philip Chuma, the statement indicated that his ability to register was in no way dependent on paperwork from the department, as his visa was still valid.

According to the statement, Chuma only applied for his visa on April 21, 2022.

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The assertion made in a statement by Wits University that Chuma was in regular contact with the DHA has been labelled as mischievous by the department.

Chuma had been doing his Ph.D. on the transition of newly qualified teachers into their first teaching position in Zimbabwean schools. He was at an advanced stage of his work, having completed his data analysis chapters and was busy working on the discussion and interpretation of his findings.

It had been hoped that his Ph.D. would be ready for examination towards the latter part of the year.

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In order to be able to complete his studies, Philip obtained a teaching assistant bursary from Wits and assisted the school by providing marking support for the geography department and tutoring on Education 1.

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Zimbabwe president urges emphasis on science and technology education to boost global digital economy – newsaf.cgtn.com

Developing countries should place more emphasis on science and technology education to better prepare the young generation for opportunities in the digital economy, according to Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Mnangagwa made the comments in Davos, Switzerland, where he is attending the 2022 World Economic Forum.

“The future of business, of development, wealth creation, now depends on the digital economy,” he said.

“It is important that in particular the developing countries like ourselves in Africa and possibly Latin America and some parts of Asia, we have to put more focus now in our institutions of higher learning – our universities – to focus and promote science and technology in our schools, so that the younger generation should embrace science and technology in order to be relevant in the digital economy of the future.”

Mnangagwa’s comments came as the Digital Cooperation Organization (DCO) and the World Economic Forum (WEF) announced a new initiative to boost flows of digital foreign direct investments globally.

The agreement will see the DCO and WEF work together to identify methods to increase digital adoption, investment in new digital activities, and investment in digital infrastructure.

In his address, the Zimbabwean Head of State all countries ought to embrace a digital economy for the future.

He pointed out that his administration is attempting to embrace the digital economy, and he urged others to do the same.

“We are attempting to embrace e-government, e-commerce, e-education, e-construction. Everything is now digital,” he said.

The 2022 WEF meeting is the first in-person meeting since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is set to run until May 26.

Happening under the theme of History at a Turning Point: Government Policies and Business Strategies, the meeting will have 200 sessions attended by more than 2,500 leaders and experts.

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Prem Rawat Visits Zimbabwe Prison & Peace Education Program Expands – Yahoo Finance

Prem Rawat met with incarcerated participants in the Peace Education Program and supportive officials who are planning to expand the wellbeing course to all facilities across Zimbabwe.

LOS ANGELES, May 24, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Prem Rawat recently visited Zimbabwe for the first time, meeting with incarcerated people who have participated in the Peace Education Program and supportive officials from the Prisons and Correctional Service.

Speaking in the capital city of Harare at the May 12 event, Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service (ZPCS) Commissioner-General MCN Chihobvu applauded the Peace Education Program, noting that it is having a positive impact on offenders as well as staff.

“Extending the Peace Education Program within our institutions has seen the transformation of lives, especially those who were treated as high-risk inmates,” he said. “Similarly, some members of staff have also participated in the Peace Education Program, which has demonstrated to be highly regarded as a self-discovery and empowerment vehicle that can help in addressing social ills. … The program is undeniably changing lives for the better.”

Over 850 incarcerated people and 150 corrections officers have already participated in the program in Zimbabwe and ZPCS is planning to expand the workshops to all facilities across the country. The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) recently fulfilled a request by the ZPCS to provide the audio and video equipment and course materials needed for implementation.

In his talk at Harare Central Prison, Prem Rawat encouraged participants to take the lessons of the Peace Education Program to heart and to live with a sense of empowerment over their own lives.

“You have the power to change. Nobody needs to bring in the power to change; you have the power to change. You have the power to see what is good. But it has to be all about you. And that is the reason why the Peace Education Program works, because it places you at the center,” he said. “Today is the day you need to make that change. That kindness you need to start with, has to be today, not tomorrow. You know what the difference is between today and tomorrow? Very simple. Today comes. Tomorrow never does. When it comes, it becomes today. So, don’t be fooled by the word ‘tomorrow.'”

The Peace Education Program was created to help participants from all walks of life discover their own inner strength and personal peace. Excerpts of Prem Rawat’s inspiring talks are at the heart of the program workshops, giving participants the opportunity to focus and reflect on their own humanity and their inner resources such as choice, hope and dignity.

At the Zimbabwe event participants were given the opportunity to ask Mr. Rawat questions and express their learnings.

“The Peace Education Program helped me to navigate through feelings of revenge and feelings of anger that I had within me,” said one of the Harare inmates. “I am a changed, better person. I can now easily forgive others,” said another.

One of the correctional officers who facilitates the program told Mr. Rawat that he regularly hears from participants who say that, “If I had known about this program earlier in life, I would not be in prison.”

The experience of those in Harare echoes the results of a study that found that 89 percent of 604 incarcerated participants in four continents benefited by helping them feel empowered to face past events, gain a willingness to change, better manage their anger and avoid fighting.

Commissioner-General Chihobvu was first introduced to the Peace Education Program in 2019 by TPRF volunteers at an International Corrections & Prisons Association (ICPA) conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

More recently, in March of this year, South African Peace Education Program representatives Anne Wolfson and Ernest Leketi visited Zimbabwe to meet with ZPCS officials and to help pave the way for Prem Rawat’s event and the program’s expansion. Many ZPCS representatives have been key to the developments including Dr. Granisia Musango, Deputy Commissioner General, Zandile Sibanda, Director for Rehabilitation and Reintegration, Phanuel Takaza, Deputy Director of Rehabilitation and Reintegration and Nokuthula Wutta, Principal Correctional Officer.

“Thank you to our wonderful partners at ZPCS for hosting the great event with Prem Rawat and to everyone who is working to ensure that more people have access to this life-changing program,” says Willow Baker, Peace Education Program Director. “It all happens thanks to the generous efforts of TPRF’s volunteers and contributors and the enthusiasm of its founder.”

Learn more about The Prem Rawat Foundation here.

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Number of students in Delhi govt schools rose by 21%: Delhi Deputy CM – India Today

Speaking at the World Education Forum 2022 in London, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Monday that the number of students enrolled in Delhi government schools rose by 21 percent in the past seven years. He made these remarks amongst 122 education ministers and experts from across the world.

He went on to remark, “When I speak about the future of education, I do not only mean the future of the students who are studying in schools but also of families, societies and nations.”

“Education today is not only about educating those who are uneducated and under-educated but also about educating those who are being miseducated,” the deputy CM said further.

WE CHANGED THE PERCEPTION OF GOVT SCHOOLS: MANISH SISODIA

Speaking about the government schools in state, Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said, “In 2015, there were student accounts of a collapsing government school system — dilapidated classrooms, outdated curriculum, zero facilities and no dignity in learning.”

“Government school students were certain that they could never contribute to India’s future. However, we changed that perception in just a few years,” he remarked further.

“Today, Delhi government schools have become world-class. The schools are equipped with modern buildings, smart classrooms, and grounds with excellent sports facilities,” the deputy CM added.

DELHI GOVT SCHOOLS BETTER THAN PVT SCHOOLS

Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia who also holds the education portfolio for the national capital went on to remark that Delhi government schools have become better than private schools.

He further added that parents send their wards to Delhi government schools with great pride because of this.

He further remarked, “Compared to 2015, at present, the number of students in Delhi government schools has increased by 21 percent. Our students now achieve nearly 100 percent pass percentage, surpassing private schools’ results.”

The deputy CM added, “Also, there has been a steep rise in the number of students qualifying for prestigious exams every year.”

CHANGES IN DELHI GOVT SCHOOLS

Talking about the changes his government brought to government schools, Manish Sisodia said, “As a government, first of all, we asked the school principals and teachers to share their vision for their schools rather than telling them what they need to do.”

“There was a 10-fold increase in principals’ financial power and they also got the authority to appoint support staff and resource persons,” the deputy CM added.

He said further, “Capacity building and exposure of school principals and teachers in Cambridge, Finland, Singapore and Indian Institute of Management paid rich dividends.”

“About 25 percent of the total state budget is allocated to education every year, making it the highest in India among the state governments,” the deputy CM added.

EDUCATION SPACES NEED TO BE MADE MORE INTERESTING

Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia further informed the audience about the Delhi government’s new curriculums, such as the Happiness Curriculum, Entrepreneurship Mindset Curriculum, and Deshbhakti Curriculum.

“We, as a part of the government, only need to make the educational settings engaging and dignified,” Sisodia stated in response to questions from Zimbabwe’s Education Minister about reducing the dropout rates in schools.

(With PTI inputs)

READ | Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia distributes laptops to over 5,000 specially-aided students

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