A team from one of the national radio stations in Zimbabwe, Star FM on Thursday broadcast live from Great Zimbabwe University, Mashava campus, Masvingo province as they work to meet their objective of “Taking Radio to the People.”
By Lotara Charles
In the absence of the Vice Chancellor Professor Rungano Zvobgo, the national radio broadcaster hosted Dr Andrew Chindanya, the Pro Vice Chancellor of GZU who spoke to the nation live on air from the institution.
In a short and brief interview, Dr Chindanya reiterated the importance of culture in the school curriculum and said, “The mandate of Great Zimbabwe University is to be the centre for excellence in the area of Arts, Culture and Heritage Studies. This was the mandate given to the University out of the realization that due to globalization, there are influences that come from every corner of the world and it is important for the people to remain intact in their culture so that they don’t suffer from self alienation.”
The Pro Vice Chancellor also said, without culture a person is doomed that is why Introduction to Zimbabwean Culture and Heritage is studied as one the University’s core modules.
“We have students who are not only from within Zimbabwe, but we also have students from South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Namibia. So, we give them opportunities to showcase their cultures because without culture a person is doomed,” he reiterated.
GZU, the institution which grew and found space in the global academic arena since the appointment of Professor Zvobgo as the Vice Chancellor in 2013, also tapped the Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) in their syllabus, to make students appreciate the importance of indigenous knowledge and incorporate it in the global age.
Meanwhile, on the face of a debilitating economic crunch, Dr Chindanya hinted that, the university will hold a fundraising dinner scheduled for 12th May, 2017 as they look forward to permanently shift to the new site at the Great Zimbabwe Monuments.
“We have a fundraising dinner lined up on the 12th of May and I think it is important to note that every university offered an economic environment which is quite constrained. And I’m sure you are aware that, so far this year quite a number of universities have already hosted some fundraising activities, dinners and so on. So, we are specifically fundraising for the construction of the consultation hall at our plaza adjacent to Great Zimbabwe Monuments,” he said.
Also on the show, was a representative from Agribank, Albert Rutsara, who urges students to open bank accounts with the banking organization adding that their bank has a mobile banking app which eases cash transactions through mobile phones as one does not need to walk up to the branch in their respective provinces.