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. My friends call me Cheeky. I am a passionate educator with over 30 years’ experience in teaching, researching and leading academic programs around the world. These include as Coordinator of Media Arts at the University of Papua New Guinea; Head of Mass Communication at Curtin University of Technology, Perth; Founding Head of Media at the University of Adelaide; Head of School of Communication and Creative Industries at Charles Sturt University, New South Wales; Head of the Bathurst Campus of Charles Sturt University, and Director of Partnerships at Southern Cross University. I was a Visiting Professor at the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, as well as Visiting Professor at Benue State University in Nigeria. I am driven by compassion, social justice and equity, and a mission to empower the less privileged.
I have a PhD in Film Studies, 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 the 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, as well as Curtin University Staff Prize for Outstanding Contribution towards Development of New Initiatives and Culturally inclusive Curriculum and Internationalisation of Curriculum.
I am a cultural fruit salad. During my international travels I have come to see the best and worst of humanity. I have experienced what it feels like to be embraced, loved, and supported by complete strangers. I have had the privilege of being mentored by passionate and selfless professors. I have also experienced what it feels like to be alone and isolated and to constantly prove myself. As a leader, I have made strategic decisions that changed lives and made positive impact. I have also made mistakes and poor decisions. These are all part of life as a continuous learning canvas. I am therefore driven by a passion to empower young people to take agency of their future through education and training so that collectively, we can build a sustainable society.
Naziema is known for her work in women’s and workers’ rights as a trade union activist and higher education management and administrator. She is currently the Director for the Centre for Educational Testing & Placement (CETAP) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) South Africa. She has a distinguished and varied background with great strengths and an impressive track record in educational management, leadership and student coaching. In January 2017 she was appointed as 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.
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 for Research in Higher Education and the Fellowship in Labour Studies at the University of Iowa, USA. In 2019 she received an Emerging Research Scholar Award from the Common Ground Network at Queens University in Belfast. She has presented conference papers both locally and internationally and has a passion to work with students in higher education on issues of access, success, and social justice and is involved in many national and international collaboration and projects. She has given keynote speeches and lectures at many international institutions including, Institute for Women’s Studies (ASR) in Lahore, Pakistan; Regis College in Boston, University of Denver, Colorado.