C3N2 Educational Empowerment is a social business enterprise borne out of passion to empower and give agency to young people, their communities and institutions, especially those who face socioeconomic and cultural challenges, through education and skills training.
My name is Chika Anyanwu . I am a passionate educator with over 30 years experience teaching, researching and leading acadmic and corporate portfolios in six countries around the world including four Australian Universities.
I have a PhD in Film, MA in Theatre and Media Arts, a First Class Honours in Theatre Arts, Graduate Certificate in Online Education, and Graduate Business Qualification in Leadership and Management.
I am a Fellow of the Governors Leadership Foundation of South Australia. I am a recipient of Leslie Humanities Cyberdisciplinarity Fellowship at Dartmouth College USA. I am also a recipient of the United States House of Representatives Special Congressional Recognition for Extraordinary Leadership and Outstanding Individual Service to the Community. I received Curtin University's Staff Prize for Outstanding Contribution towards Development of New Initiatives and Culturally inclusive Curriculum and Internationalisation. I have been a visiting Professor of Communication at the University of Southern California, USA, and Benue State University in Nigeria.
I have also worked in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific regions.
I was mentored by a passionate Professor, Dapo Adelugba, a selfless teacher who gave generously to his students even till he died. I feel an obligation to use the generosity and values he imbued in me to help other young people attain their dreams as I attained mine.
As an academic who has been designing, leading and monitoring curriculum quality over many years, and seeing young people transition from novices to experts, I know the transformational power of education.
I have also witnessed the disheartening trend of many intelligent young people withdrawing from their study because of socioeconomic or cultural challenges.
Personally, I have experienced what it is like to be in the minority, and often feel isolated from familiar cultural signs and privileges.
I have had to constantly prove and reinvent myself in order to be ahead of the game.
I have also had the privilege of meeting complete strangers who became wonderful mentors and support along the way.
I have also learnt life changing lessons from my successes and from my mistakes because life is a continuous learning canass.
I have known what it is like to move from being the employer at the top, to be the unemployed at the bottom, and often feeling hopeless and lost.
I also know what it feels like to reset my button, rolled up my sleeves and started from the bottom back to the top again.
These life changing journeys have shaped me and challenged me to help the next generation so that we can collectively build an empowered fair and just society.
Naziema is a well-known educationist with passion and specialisations in student advising; coaching and mentoring; leadership training and development.
She is currently the Director for the Centre for Educational Testing & Placement (CETAP) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) South Africa. She has distinguished and varied backgrounds with track record in educational management; women’s rights and empowerment, conflict resolution; mediation and arbitration as well as a leadership coaching.
In January 2017 she was appointed Honorary Consul for the Republic of the Maldives.
Ms Jappie has worked as a secondary school teacher; the National Education Officer; and a lecturer at the former M.L. Sultan Technikon, where she later served as Dean of Students. She joined the Durban University of Technology as Executive Director: Student Affairs from her position of Dean of Students at the University of the Witwatersrand. Moreover, she has served as a member of the task team for Gender Equity in Education and has been involved in HEQC national higher education institutional audits and training for Quality Assurance.
She presents papers around the world on social justice issues in higher education particularly on student access, success and employability. She is involved in many national and international collaboration projects aimed at helping to empower women and the under-privileged, including at the Institute for Women’s Studies in Lahore; Regis College in Boston, University of Denver Colorado. Naziema also volunteers her services to disadvantaged communities in South Africa and abroad.
Ms Jappie holds a Bachelor of Social Science, an Honours degree (Social Science), and a Master of Social Science, specializing in industrial and labour studies, and a Higher Education Diploma (postgraduate). Her awards include the NRF and Ford Foundation Research in Higher Education and Fellowship in Labour Studies at the University of Iowa, USA, as well as Emerging Research Scholar Award.
She was President of the Student Affairs Association (SASSAP); Vice Chair of Higher Education AIDS (HEAIDS) Programme for Universities was the Vice Chairperson of the South African Women’s Forum and the Shura Council for Women (New York).
She currently serves as Non-Executive Director for Hoskens Passenger Logistics & Rail; Deneb Investments and Montauk Energy. She currently holds membership in the following associations: Institute for Directors SA (IoDSA); Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE); American Education Research Association (AERA); Global Access to Post-Secondary Education (GAPS) and South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). She is also a volunteer Board member for the Butterfly Arts Project (BAP).