WHEN the Copperbelt University (CBU) embarked on an ambitious project to train secondary school teachers in science and mathematics, there was a general uproar from competing colleges and universities.
CBU was founded on the premise of technology and business courses as ZIT and was transformed into CBU in 1987.
However, management did not relent in its quest and to date CBU graduates in mathematics and science are performing as per expectation. As if that was not all, CBU surprised many by opening up a school of medicine to train doctors and surgeons and, as expected, people talked a lot, as UNZA was seen to be the only place where one could be trained as a medical doctor.
But alas, with perseverance CBU has produced properly qualified medical doctors. When one is focused, there is nothing to stop you from achieving your dream.
In this vein, the National Union of Public and Private Educators of Zambia (NUPPEZ) is full of surprises and ambitions. While we all agree that a union must fight for better conditions of service for its members, it is always an advantage to think outside the box and come up with innovations to effectively fundraise, other than depend on members’ contributions.
That NUPPEZ has decided to register a university which will be located in Chinyunyu-Rufunsa district is a move which must be supported by all well-meaning Zambians.
If this dream comes true, the university will add value to the lives of Chinyunyu residents as jobs, both direct and indirect, will be created for them. The fact that the university seeks to recruit lecturers from its members is also a good gesture to empower them.
But will this be achievable considering that opening a university is not as easy as ABC?
Management needs to look for experienced manpower that can come up with the preferred curriculum, as well as those who can prepare modules in different fields.
From the advertisement it is not clear as to what courses will be offered, but my free advice is that NUPPEZ must consider a school of business where they must introduce bachelor of human resource management with education as most teachers have ventured into this area, a degree which has not been accepted by the Ministry of General Education yet teachers and their pupils are human resources.
If Mulungushi University, University of Lusaka and Cavendish introduced degrees in bachelor of business administration (BBA) with education, why can’t you do the same?
Just aim to do things differently and be on top of things. If people talk about you, just know that you exist. A lot of talk will be raised against this idea but never should you give up.
In fact the more they talk, the more you must shout, because it is a well-known fact that you shall never be silent, will you? Good luck on your journey of innovation.