For­mer stu­dent il­lu­mi­nates for­mer school

The Manica Post - - Education / Entertainment - Mor­ris Mtisi

“Peo­ple hear you on the level you speak to them from. Speak from your heart, and they will hear with theirs:” Th­ese are the wise words of Mar­i­anne Wil­liamson. And ex­actly what hap­pened at Chi­takatira High School when a for­mer stu­dent of the school was in­vited to speak to the Form4, 5 and 6 stu­dents about school hard work, dis­ci­pline and fo­cus!

Mr Shame Isaki, for­mer Chi­takatira stu­dent and vice head boy will be re­mem­bered for his so­cial and po­lit­i­cal com­men­taries in The Man­ica Post. He is a man of the Word of God, a busi­ness­man and mo­ti­va­tion speaker. He was in­vited by his for­mer school to speak to them. He then ex­tended the in­vi­ta­tion to this re­porter to ac­com­pany him on this mis­sion to il­lu­mi­nate the boys and girls at his for­mer school.

On that beau­ti­ful late morn­ing, the two drive up the Vumba Road around the moun­tain high­way snaking through the scenic vir­gin wood­lots that en­ve­lope the Vumba Moun­tains with bot­tle green.

Fi­nally we ar­rive at Chi­takatira. The stu­dents jos­tle and stam­pede to the venue; they are there more than 100 boys and girls, nearly 150. Within a few min­utes they are all seated ready to lis­ten and learn. A small group of teach­ers is with them; to­gether they have come to lis­ten and to learn.

The for­mer head boy be­gins the mo­ti­va­tion speech. He speaks about dis­ci­pline, hard work and pur­pose. His theme is De­sire to Suc­ceed. He em­pha­sizes the need to choose good friends, good com­pany and al­most brings the house down when in Shona he says, “Kana washaya voku­tamba navo-tamba wega.” If you are not lucky to have good friends, play with your­self-alone!”

This re­porter, with­out pro­nounc­ing a theme, ze­roes in on Ed­u­ca­tion is life; it is growth, it is prepa­ra­tion for to­mor­row, it is di­rec­tion and dis­ci­pline.

Like John Jewey come to Chi­takatira the sim­pli­fi­ca­tion of com­plex ed­u­ca­tional the­o­ries and psy­chol­ogy in or­der to be heard on the level he, let me say I spoke, it was grat­i­fy­ing to speak from the heart(with­out a writ­ten speech) and the stu­dents and teach­ers in­deed heard with theirs. As usual when I speak to stu­dents I re­mem­bered to em­pha­size that a not-so-bril­liant pupil is bet­ter than an aca­dem­i­cally gifted stu­dent who has no pur­pose in stud­ies, in life and in the fu­ture; a msom­bo­dia, bronco or mbanje ad­dict for the male lu­natic and an ini­ti­ated pros­ti­tute who thinks with her pri­vate body part and not her brain, even at school.

The guid­ance and coun­selling in­ad­ver­tently spilled over to the teach­ing staff where again this re­porter re­minded the head to love and re­spect his teach­ers to es­tab­lish team work and hard work be­cause as the old adage goes, ‘Every school is as good and bad as its head.’ Yet it is the teach­ing staff that can make or break the school. And to­gether the teach­ers and head must pull in the same di­rec­tion like spanned oxen; to make the work eas­ier and more en­joy­able even if the two oxen are not friends.

Co­op­er­a­tion is not about be­ing friends. It’s about know­ing the pur­pose of work and the di­rec­tion to take. Schools are about stu­dents and not per­sonal dif­fer­ences and re­sent­ments of teach­ers, not even adul­ter­ous ad­mi­ra­tions of each other.

As usual this re­porter who re­fuses to be called a mo­ti­va­tional speaker, but sim­ply a speaker, re­mem­bered to say a few truths and per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences he hoped would change a few char­ac­ters to­wards self-in­tro­spec­tion and pre­pared­ness to be­come new peo­ple if the old one was re­fus­ing to be tamed and use­ful.

The for­mer head boy do­nated one month’s sub­scrip­tion of The Man­ica Post to his for­mer school to which ev­ery­body, stu­dents and teach­ers re­sponded with a thun­der­ous ap­plause of ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

This re­porter do­nated more than 200 li­brary books to the English De­part­ment and re­ceived equally fran­tic ap­plauses of ap­pre­ci­a­tion. And when he in­vited four stu­dents, two boys and two girls to visit Di­a­mondFM ra­dio and join him on his Head-to-Head with MM pro­gramme, it was scream­ing joy all over. With ev­ery­body ex­cited, the vis­i­tors and vis­ited, we all wished we could start the day all over again.

Mr Mor­ris Mtisi and Mr Shame Isaki hands over ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­rial to Chi­takatira High School headmaster last Thurs­day

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