Thursday, 14 March 2013


Mutare-About 50 students drawn from tertiary institutions in Manicaland converged at Mutare Teachers College on Saturday 16 February 2013 for a leadership seminar organised by Female Students Network (FSN).

Female students deliberate at the seminar at Mutare Teachers' College

The one day workshop drew female students from Marymount Teachers College, Africa University, Mutare Polytechnic College. Participants at the seminar were taught on leadership and how they can be able to increase participation of female students in governance issues at tertiary institutions. 

Activist and mbira music icon Francesca Mandeya facilitated at the seminar and encouraged female students to be active in campus issues.

 Addressing the students Mandeya challenged the female students to be at the forefront and take leadership positions at various levels in their institution.

 This is your time as the female students of the day, gone should be the days when we used to campaign for our male counterparts in SRC elections," she said. " As women we can do it, we must support one another rather than pulling others down."

The talented motivational speaker praised FSN for providing this platform to female students in tertiary institutions adding that it should strive to increase its membership students deliberate at the seminar at Mutare Teachers College.

Sharon Nyagato a student from Africa University expressed gratitude to the organisers of the seminar for this noble initiative calling for unity amongst the female students. Another student Charity Muchichwa from Mutare Teachers lamented that the seminar was an eye opener for her.

She said: " This meeting was indeed an eye opener for me because I learnt quite a lot being a good leader. I however encourage FSN to take this program to other tertiary institutions because this will assist in encouraging the participation of female students in campus issues. Female Students Network has been conducting such meetings in tertiary institutions countrywide.

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