Jennifer Chiwela has worked in the field of education for over 40 years. Drawing on her vast professional and development work experience from village to international levels, she has understood and appreciated deeply why education, even going beyond it being a human right, is so important for both personal development and inclusion in decision making processes.
In her years of working with People's Action Forum as Executive Director – visiting project areas as much as she could manage, Mrs Chiwela has developed a passion for reaching out to the hard-to-reach in rural areas. Observing rural life through adult education/literacy and gender lenses, it was quite clear what enormous gaps exist that need to be addressed.
Mrs. Chiwela was among the first recipients of national awards given under the hand of the then Minister of Education, in May 2010, in recognition of her immense contribution to Education in the Country.
Cornerstones of Experience:
- Serving on the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) Board as Vice President from 2011 to 2014
- Now serving the last lap as Board Chairperson of the Africa Network Campaign on Education for All (ANCEFA), and Moderator for Southern African Sub Region (10 countries), responsibilities she has carried since 2005
CONFINTEA VI Africa Mrs Chiwela (ctr.) receives Meeting the beneficiaries in rural Chadiza
Preparatory Conf. National Education Award fm Eastern, Zambia
–Nairobi, Nov 2008 Minister of Education (l), 2010
- Served on Education MDGs Task Force from 2003-5
- Actively involved in the Global Education for All (EFA) movement locally and internationally through UNESCO since 1997, and ANCEFA and GCE projects since 2001.
- Undertaken various professional tasks in education and HIV/AIDS (Surveys, Research, Presentations and Training) for Government with Consortium of Donors at home, and, international bodies – UNESCO, UNICEF, Association for Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), Open Society Institute (OSI), Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).
- Served for 9 years on the World Board of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts – the largest international organisation for girls and young women for non formal education programmes in character building, leadership, life skills and self reliance.
- Founder and Head of People’s Action Forum (PAF), one of the key indigenous NGOs in Zambia promoting empowerment of rural communities through non formal education. PAF was the 2008 recipient of the UNESCO organised International King Sejong Literacy Award for its work in Literacy and Health (HIV/AIDS in particular)
- Teacher by profession; retired from Government after serving in the field of Teaching, Standards and Curriculum Development for 30 years – the last 6 of which she headed the Zambian Teaching Service Commission for teacher management and professional issues.