May 3rd is World Press Freedom Day. This week the U.S. State Department launched its fourth annual “Free the Press” campaign today as part of efforts to honor the fundamental importance of a free and independent media in the days leading up to World Press Freedom Day.Don’t miss our next Food for Thought session with MISA Zimbabwe national director, Nhlanhla Ngwenya, next Tuesday highlighting the state of freedom of expression and the media in Zimbabwe.
We congratulate Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international correspondent, on being named the United Nations Educational Scientific, and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, goodwill ambassador for freedom of expression and journalist safety. In her new role, Amanpour will keep freedom of expression and journalist safety on the global agenda and serve as a voice to governments, reminding them of their obligation to assure that a free press flourishes and combat the culture of impunity that leads to fear and self-censorship among all media professionals.
Our alumnus of the week is Dr. Portia Manangazira, Director of Epidemiology & Disease Control at the Ministry of Health and Child Care. Dr. Manangazira traveled to the United States in August of 2009 as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program on Pandemic Influenza Preparedness. The exchange visit took her to Washington DC, Baltimore-Maryland, Colorado, San Diego, Atlanta-Georgia.
Did you know that the U.S. President’s national security advisor is a woman; the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is a woman. Secretary Kerry’s predecessor is a woman, and so is her predecessor. The U.S. has one woman out of two positions as deputy secretary with four Under Secretaries of State out of six who are women.
- Correction: In the last edition of ZimPAS Highlights we incorrectly attributed a performance at the ongoing HIFA to an international arts group. We have learnt that Shakespeare’s play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream“ which performed at 9 am today under the general direction of Julia Wharton is an Arundel School production with a local cast of extraordinarily talented high school students from Arundel, Prince Edward and St George’s schools. The error is sincerely regretted.
On Our Calendar
- Today – April 30th 2015; 4 pm- Make a date with Grammy-nominated Hawaiian musical ensemble Keola Beamer, Jeff Peterson, and Moanalani Beamer at the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) Global Stage. Superb guitar playing exploring the beauty of Hawaiian music, the range of Hawaii’s many cultural influences, and the complexity of technique that has shaped the distinctively resonant sounds of Hawaii.
- Deadline – April 30, 2015 – The U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section is now accepting applications for the 2016 Fulbright Junior Staff Development Program. This program will award scholarships to Zimbabwean university faculty for advanced degree in the United States. The Fulbright Junior Staff Development Program is the largest Fulbright program with Africa and is designed primarily to strengthen African universities through higher degree training.
- Deadline – May 1st 2015: For the third year running, Zimbabwe Online Portals through its content providers, World Education Portals (WEPS), is offering free online Mathematics courses (Calculus I) geared to those preparing to go to University. All the classes are online. You will get expert support from Professors, lecturers and graduate students during your studies. This course is offered world-wide and you are able to take the same course as students in Finland and receive University level credit from University of Helsinki, Finland if you pay tuition to University of Helsinki. Students are registered on a first come, first served basis, and classes will start on May 18th.To enroll, please follow this link and fill in this form
- Tuesday May 5, 2015; 3 pm Freedom of expression and the media in Zimbabwe: the next steps / Presentation by Nhlanhla Ngwenya, National Director of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA)- Zimbabwe chapter. Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate, Harare. Free to all interested members of the public.
MISA-Zimbabwe has tracked media freedom developments Zimbabwe since its establishment in 1995. The last 10 years have been particularly interesting with new media bodies established to regulate the press in Zimbabwe. What values and norms have these brought to the fore in terms of promoting and protecting freedom of the press in Zimbabwe?
- Tuesday May 12, 2015; 3 pm- “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country” Quote from John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961. / Presentation facilitated by Simba Nyamadzawo, Business Consultant & Entrepreneur; Kudzai Mubaiwa, InvestorSaint (Private) Limited.Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate, Harare. Free to all interested members of the public.
Everything rises and falls on leadership tenets. The greatest need in our generation is leadership. We need leaders who are solution bearers, peace makers, and architects of the future. The responsibility is not for a select few but for everyone.
- Monday, May 18, 2015; 3 pm: EducationUSA hosts admission officers from four U.S. Liberal Arts Colleges- Amherst, Pomona, Smith, Williams colleges. Admission officers representing these institutions will present on their undergraduate colleges’ offerings, admission and scholarship procedures. Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate, Harare.
- Tuesday May 19, 2015; 3 pm: “Understanding the value of Ethical Leadership” / Presentation facilitated by Bradwell Mhonderwa, Managing Director, Ethics Center, and Vongai Nzenza, Independent Consultant. Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate, Harare. Free to all interested members of the public.
Learn about ethical leadership as a good corporate governance tenet, its attributes, as well as values that inform ethical leadership. Join this discussion and understand the role of leaders in shaping organizational behavior.
- Tuesday May 26, 2015; 3 pm “Unpacking U.S. Exchange Programs opportunities for Zimbabweans: leveraging on alumni as a resource” / Presentation facilitated by Alumni and Darin Mcanelly, AF Alumni Coordinator, Office of Alumni Affairs; Tutisani Gladys: Exchanges Programs officer and Rabson Shumba, Motivational speaker and Entrepreneur. Venue: 7th Floor, Gold Bridge, Eastgate, Harare. Free to all interested members of the public.
Throughout 2015, the U.S. Department of State will celebrate 75 years of International Exchange Programs. Learn how people-to-people international exchange programs improve our understanding of different cultures and viewpoints, build language and leadership skills, and enhance economic prosperity and security.
- Deadline – June 1st 2015- The American Embassy is pleased to announce the 2016 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. This one-year, full-scholarship program is offered to mid-career professionals working at policy-level who have a record of leadership, a commitment to public service, and the initiative to take full advantage of a self-defined program of independent study at a leading American university.
We appreciate your feedback. Until we meet again on Friday, we wish you a pleasant long weekend and a great week ahead!
Karen Kelley, Counselor for Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Harare