Education and Continued Professional Development

Muzvare Betty Makoni started her Primary school at Zengeza Primary  school  in St Mary`s,  Chitungwiza at age 7 in 1979. In 1981 whilst doing grade 3 her mother tragically died in domestic violence and so had to be  moved to Farai Primary school for term 1 and 2 where she excelled and came to top position in class. Late,  in September 1981 she joined her siblings at Chishawasha Catholic Mission. She excelled in her studies at grade seven and got Maths grade 1 and English grade 1 which is the highest grade one can get in the country. She passed her entrance exam at a top highly competitive girls school,  St Dominic`s. For the most part she was in and out  and expelled many times for non payment of school fees until in form two whilst she was age 14, Roman Catholic nuns were kind to offer her a work for your school fees scholarship. She became one of the top students in the  Science subjects class. She was at the school from 1986 to 1989. Later, she enrolled for sixth form at Nagle House in Marondera in 1990  where she studied History, Shona and English Literature.  Roman Catholic nuns of Nano Nagle let her in school after two terms of being expelled for non payment of school but negotiated later that she pursued her studies and work at the school as a temporary teacher and pay back what she owed. It worked very well and that is how Muzvare Betty Makoni succeeded in completing school.

Betty Makoni in form 3 at St Dominic`s
Betty Makoni in form 3 at St Dominic`s

Muzvare Betty Makoni passed her 3 subjects at A level but could not obtain the 14 points to study law as per her desire and so had to make do with what she was offered. She  started a Bachelor of Arts General Degree majoring in English, Linguistics and Shona  at  the University of Zimbabwe in 1992. Because she excelled in her studies she was offered a place for Post graduate studies  and later pursued a Post Graduate BA Special Honours in Theatre Arts  in 1994. She majored in Theatre Arts Management and Directing as well as script writing.

     University of Zimbabwe 1992-1994-First Degree-Bachelor of Arts General

Betty Makoni at University of Zimbabwe
Betty Makoni at University of Zimbabwe

B.A General: English (Majors in Applied Critical Theories, Introduction to Criticism and English Literature and Gender), Shona (Majors in Gender, Sociology, Africa Regional Studies, Cultural Studies, Orthography, Dialects and Structure of Language) Linguistics (Majors in Socio &Psycho Linguistics, Phonetics and phonology),

University of Zimbabwe 1994-1995

Post Grad B.A, Special Honors in Theatre Arts and my dissertation title: Using Theatre for development  focusing on community development and mass mobilization. Also majored in Advanced Production, Theatre Management, Film Directing and Script writing University of Zimbabwe, 1995

MSc in Social Work, Royal Holloway University, UK

Awarded Book Prize for most notable contribution to MSc in Social Work

Muzvare Betty Makoni is always out to be trained to keep her  knowledge updated and relevant and so  she  has  so far  taken herself through short courses offered by professional organizations. 

Southern Africa NGO leaders training by Oxfam GB
Southern Africa NGO leaders training by Oxfam GB
  • Women, Peace and Security-Stabilisation Unit and DFID and FCO
  • Course in Advanced Stabilisation-Joint, Stabilisation Unit,  DFID and Foreign Office
  • Trained in Fundraising by Women Resource Centre, UK
  • Holder of a certificate in  Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT)
  • Certificate in First Aid and certified
  • Received mentoring and coaching  on social enterprises management supported by University of Greenwich
  • Training  received from National Centre for Domestic Violence as  Mackenzie Friend –assisting victims of domestic violence to court- June 2010
  • Domestic violence training from Dove Project, Essex, UK, 2010
  • Accelerating the ratification of AU protocol on Women’s Rights – South Africa, Johannesburg, 22-24 May 2006
  • Interaction Leadership Training, sponsored by The British Council, January, August 2005
  • Advanced Training of  Trainers Workshop, Nisaa Institute for Women Development  South Africa, 25-30 July 2003
  • Global Campaign for the Ratification And Use Of The Optional Protocol to the CEDAW Convention, Cape Town, South Africa, 19-21 November 2003
  • Needs Assessment for Capacity Building of National Gender  Machineries for Gender Equality in SADC Member states, Nyanga, 23 September 2003
  • Fundraising Training on Dealing with Major and small donors from by International Development Exchange (IDEX), 23 June 2002
  • Training Workshop On “How To Create Circles of Compassion” organized by Women’s World Summit Foundation in partnership with the Millionth Circle Initiative Centre International Reformed John Knox Geneva, Switzerland, 17-19 October 2003
  • Gender And HIV/AIDS Mainstreaming, Royal Netherlands Embassy, Imba Matombo Harare, 5 November 2002
  • African Women’s Leadership Institute Training organised by Akina Mama wa Afrika based in UK, 6-14 June 2002
  • Results Based Management And Gender. Canadian International Development Agency workshop, Kadoma Ranch, 4-9 January 2002
  • National Action Plan for Zimbabwe on Commonwealth Model Framework For An Integrated Approach To Combat Violence Against Women, Montclair, Nyanga 2-4 May 2001
  • Financial Management And Its Integration With Organisational And Programme Management Workshop Sponsored By Netherlands International Development Cooperation (NOVIB), Bronte Hotel, Harare, 12-16 November, 2001
  • International Visitor Program Management Of NGOs And Tour of United States Of America Meeting with Various NGOS And Learning Best Practices, 18 May-23 June, 2001
  • Investigating And Managing Child Abuse Within A Multi Sectoral Framework, US Embassy Harare, Detective. Sgt. Walliker, Family Service Division, Police Department, Portland, Oregon, 31 August 2000
  •   Southern African Regional Workshop On Sheltering for Abused Women, Conference Centre, Johannesburg, 13-14 November 2000

Muzvare Betty Makoni Is A Girl Child Rights Activist, UK Gender Based Violence Expert,CNN Hero, Speaker, Published Author & Poet, Theatre Director, Educationist, Philanthropist, Ashoka Fellow, Human Rights Defender, Mentor, Trainer, Coach, One of 150 Women Who Shake The World, Social Critic, Critical Thinker, Mother &Wife

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