Centre for excellence for lifelong learning
The workshop which took place from 2 to 5 January, 2020 aimed at imparting knowledge in various areas to the lecturers in order to improve high quality education output in all CEC centres.
Speaking during the commencement of the workshop, the CEC director Dr Francis Chikunkhuzeni welcomed the delegates to the team capacity building which he said it also involves sharing of strategic objectives.
“Let me point out that the year 2019 has been a year of blessings to us, we have maintained our presence, sustained our operations in terms of costs, student numbers still rise due to the excellent and hard work of the members of staff,”Dr Chikunkhuzeni said.
He further outlined that one of the CEC sponsored students by the name of Andrew Chimpololo attained a Doctorate degree which he says is an encouragement to the other centers to produce Masters, and Doctorate degrees.
During the workshop, presentations were made by different individuals such as; the Human Resource Manager Gregory Banda highlighted on PMS implementation for part timers, the Chief Finance Officer Geoffrey Sakala on Financial Management, The Dean of Students Lusciano Ndalama on Setting and Marking of Examination papers.
The conference continued on the second day with more presentations and activities by Victor Chikoti on Short Courses and Marketing, Work Ethics was done by Maclan Kanyang’wa, whereas Francis Kapiri tackled the common errors in Undergraduate Research Supervision.
Andrew Nyirenda, a Mzuzu CEC lecturer talked about moving forward on hopes, aspirations and challenges as academics while lastly Dr Noel Mbirintengelenji discussed the teaching strategies for adult learners.
For relaxation, interaction and nature appreciation, the team which was led by Rodney Chikafutwa visited the Monkeybay port and the Lake Malawi National Park (Cape Maclear) where various games were played.
In her closing remarks, the Dean of the Faculty of Education and Media Studies Dr Mary Kamwaza acknowledged the participants and presenters on the roles each played to make the workshop a success.
“I would like to thank the presenters for well-structured presentations, audience engagement and above all by allowing us to assess how we conduct, look at ourselves on the way we behave out there,” she said.
All participants came from the CEC branches in Mzuzu, Lilongwe, Salima and Blantyre.