2018 Lit­er­a­ture sym­po­sium a suc­cess

The Manica Post - - Education/ Entertainment - Mor­ris Mtisi Ed­u­ca­tion Cor­re­spon­dent

TEACH­ERS of Lit­er­a­ture in English and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Skills from Mutare, Chipinge and Chi­man­i­mani dis­tricts closed 2018 by at­tend­ing an ex­tra­or­di­nary sym­po­sium that was mooted to share knowl­edge, ex­pe­ri­ence and wis­dom into the teach­ing and learn­ing of the two-in-one dis­ci­pline of learn­ing.

The main thrust of the sym­po­sium was em­pha­sis on stim­u­lat­ing crit­i­cal think­ing amongst learn­ers and the need for ag­gres­sive mar­ket­ing of the learn­ing ar­eas.

Mor­ris Mtisi and Moses Mukoyi fa­cil­i­tated the sym­po­sium and graph­i­cally il­lus­trated how to keep learn­ers think­ing and fas­ci­nated by the joy of in­tel­lec­tual plea­sure. It was a mo­men­tous sym­po­sium. Char­ac­terised by open mind­ed­ness and shar­ing of ex­pe­ri­ence, knowl­edge and wis­dom, the one­day sym­po­sium clearly re­gen­er­ated and re­ju­ve­nated the spirit and de­ter­mi­na­tion to make Lit­er­a­ture and the Lan­guages the axis of crit­i­cal think­ing that the two learn­ing ar­eas are in ed­u­ca­tion.

If any teacher doubted the mean­ing of the old adage ‘‘Ex­pe­ri­ence is the best teacher,'' he or she must have seen what the com­bi­na­tion of two vet­er­ans of English Lan­guage and Lit­er­a­ture in English ex­hib­ited at the sym­po­sium.

Mtisi and Mukoyi teach­ing back­grounds and ex­pe­ri­ences date back to the early 90's when they met for the first time at St Au­gus­tine's High School dur­ing the hey days of this great school un­der the head­ship of Fa­ther Keb­ble Prosser. The sym­po­sium gave the two a stage to cher­ish Lit­er­a­ture and the Lan­guages be­yond rea­son­able doubt. They had all the V11s to prove be­yond rea­son­able doubt to the teach­ers present that there is all we need in teach­ing and learn­ing in the heads, abil­i­ties and knowl­edge(s) of ex­pe­ri­enced class­room prac­ti­tion­ers.

The sym­po­sium built a new spirit of ‘‘bet­ter to­gether than alone'' though many so-called big schools were con­spic­u­ously ab­sent: Mu­tam­bara, Biri­iri Lydia Chi­monyo, Mutare Boys and Girls High schools, Chibuwe, Gideon and Chikore high schools in Chipinge . . . even Marange High whose head­mas­ter painstak­ingly helped so much in the or­gan­i­sa­tion of the sym­po­sium and promised to spon­sor all its rel­e­vant teach­ers to at­tend.

The sym­po­sium was hosted by Mutare district.

Spe­cial thanks go to Mrs Ma­tende — lan­guages in­spec­tor and Mr Choofamba, the District Schools In­spec­tor.

The sym­po­sium rec­om­mended the fol­low­ing res­o­lu­tions

at the end of the day:

◆ The es­tab­lish­ment of a Man­i­ca­land Open Lit­er­a­ture and Lan­guages Fo­rum (MOLLF) to be legally con­sti­tuted and reg­is­tered. ◆ That such sym­posia be a pe­ri­od­i­cal event as a one-off oc­ca­sion, in­deed like this one, hardly ex­hausts all crit­i­cal is­sues with suf­fi­cient depth and at­ten­tion. ◆ That MOLLF, once duly con­sti­tuted and reg­is­tered, part­nered with NASH to run an English Lan­guage and Lit­er­a­ture mag­a­zine to start off as a pro­vin­cial pub­li­ca­tion be­fore it be­comes a na­tional mag­a­zine.

◆ That a sym­po­sium such as the one just ended, in the same way be taken to other dis­tricts, namely Makoni, Nyanga, Mu­tasa and Buhera. That the ma­jor fa­cil­i­ta­tors of th­ese sym­posia or­gan­ise a ‘‘sum­mit'' meet­ing with rel­e­vant school heads to ad­vo­cate the supremacy of English Lit­er­a­ture and the Lan­guages in schools and to ap­peal for sup­port at school level. That all teach­ers who at­tended the sym­po­sium form a MOLLF chat group to chat on is­sues of com­mon in­ter­est and im­por­tance in teach­ing and learn­ing.

That the 30 at­ten­dants of the 30th of Novem­ber 2018 all be club mem­bers of the Ra­dio Teacher pro­gramme hosted by one of the key fa­cil­i­ta­tors on Di­a­mond FM ra­dio ev­ery Thurs­day night be­tween 8 and 9 o'clock and be­tween 9:30 and 10pm.

Club mem­bers will in­ter­act on ra­dio for the ben­e­fit of all teach­ers and learn­ers who can ac­cess Di­a­mond FM ra­dio on chan­nel 103.8, via in­ter­net on www.di­a­mondfm.co.zw or down­load­ing the Di­a­mond FM Ap­pli­ca­tion on Google Play­Store or iS­tore and use ear­phones to lis­ten on their cell phones.

Sym­po­sium 'ConCourt' from left, Mr Isaac Kusena, Mr Moses Mukoyi and Mrs Pa­tience Ma­tende

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