Month: May 2018

Reflections on John C Maxwell, Talent is Never enough: Discover the Choices that will take you beyond your talent -Part 3

In this blog, I will be concluding my reflections on the Talent is never enough by John C Maxwell. Below I cover teachability, character, relationships, responsibility and teamwork. Teachability Expands your talent I will be the first to admit that being teachable is not something that comes to me naturally. God knows I have a long way to go for me to be a teachable.  I talk more than I listen. It takes me a time longer to admit when I am in the wrong. Most of the times, I use excuses to justify [...]

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Reflections on: John C Maxwell, Talent is Never enough: Discover the Choices that will take you beyond your talent -Part 2

In the first blog on Reflections on John C Maxwell, Talent is Never enough, I covered belief, passion, initiative, and focus as things that you need for you to become a talent plus person. In this blog, I talk about preparation, practice, perseverance and courage. Preparation Positions your talent The old saying goes ‘failing to plan, is planning to fail.’ Everything that you will do in your life will require one to prepare. Think of the time that you had to travel, you had to do some form of pr [...]

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The Role of the Media in Advancing the Rights of Persons with Albinism in Malawi

Introduction: Emergence of Violence against Persons with Albinism in Malawi It is estimated that Malawi has a population of between 7,000 and 10,000 people with albinism. Government of Malawi reports indicate that since 2014, 18 people with albinism have been killed, 14 abducted, three are missing, and 28 burial sites have been robbed by individuals and gangs. 69 cases have been reported to the Malawi Police Service since 2014. The Association of Persons living with Albinism (APAM) has registere [...]

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Reflections on: John C Maxwell, Talent is Never enough: Discover the Choices that will take you beyond your talent -Part 1

In April, 2018 I attended a Wealth Creation Forum, organized by my local Church, the International Christian Assembly(ICA), in Lilongwe, Malawi. While, I was at the session, a book ‘Talent is never enough: Discovering the choices that will take you beyond your talent’ by John C. Maxwell caught my attention. A day later, I bought and started to read the book. The knowledge I acquired from the book drove me to develop this series of blogs. I will encourage you to purchase the book and read it to g [...]

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The Narrative of Children in African and Development Photography: Whose camera counts?

In March 2015, I was at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol en route to Malawi. While at the airport I came across a big billboard by Unicef of a dirty black child, possibly from 'Africa', and wearing tattered clothes. This picture took me back to the debate about representation of poor people in development work. Is this picture a representation of the state of this child's life? Or it is a picture that might help people to give their money to support the region where this child comes from? Throughout m [...]

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I stand with Girls, but, on what?

On 11th October, the world celebrates the International Day of the Girl.  Social Media gets decorated with posts and pictures that read ‘ I stand with Girls.’ Special functions are done to celebrate the progress and seek solutions to address the challenges girls are facing globally. ‘Girls’ is now among the development powerful words. Organisations have realigned their programs to tap into Girl Child money. Corporations are also aligning their marketing strategy and Corporate social responsibili [...]

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The Evolution of Rights Based Education and its Challenges

NGO approaches to education have evolved from a needs-based approach to the present day’s rights-based approach, what were the key steps? What is the most effective response to the continued underfunding of public education systems in many developing countries? How should NGOs respond to the increase of for-profit low-quality private schools? IDS and Chevening Alumni , Sarabe Chan and Chimwemwe Manyozo, reflect on the Sussex Development Lecture, ‘The Evolution of Rights Based Action on Education [...]

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SDG 4 Education: Necessary ambition or misplaced folly?

Many have criticised the Sustainable Development Goals for being overly broad and unrealistic. While a certain degree of ambition is necessary to drive changes, the fourth SDG (SDG4) on education already bears ten targets, touching on issues such as primary and secondary education, vocational and technical training, teacher training and so forth. While the goal attempts to address the important issues, it also faces the risk of lacking focus. The topic of providing ‘free, equitable and quality p [...]

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Lessons from Leading Youth Initiatives in Malawi

This blog is as a result of a few meetings that I have had with fellow youth leaders in my country, Malawi, who have been asking me to share some of the lessons I have learned from running youth initiatives in Malawi. For the past four years, I have lead two youth initiatives, Youth to Youth Empowerment, and Maphunziro265 as founding national coordinator and Co-founder and CEO respectively. Let me take this opportunity to state that I am not the founder of Youth to Youth Empowerment. Tayani Vinc [...]

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5 Books That have Inspired Chimwemwe John Paul Manyozo

I am Chimwemwe John Paul Manyozo from Malawi. In 2015, I received a Chevening Award to pursue a master's in Development Studies at the University of Sussex. I am a change-maker; international development, media and communication specialist; and a blogger. I recently co-founded Maphunziro265, an initiative that provides scholarships, mentorship, and training to empower the youth in Malawi. I would like to share five books that have shaped my thinking and actions. How to Win Friends and Influence [...]

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