SGAC membership has been steadily growing throughout the years. Among our membership there are many incredible young space enthusiasts who should be recognised for their hard work and contributions to SGAC. In December 2009, the SGAC Executive Council decided to acknowledge one member per month for his or her outstanding work and contributions to SGAC and its goals.
We are proud to present the July 2010 Member of the Month: Misheck Mutuzana, NPOC of Zambia
Misheck Mutuzana was born in the town of Mufulira, Copperbelt province in Zambia. Among his many academic accomplishments, he has a diploma in computer studies and one in art & design. Misheck also has technical training in graphics (Evelyn Hone College), training in e-learning (ICT-UNESCO Bangkok), is a Master Teacher in Creative Arts (iEARN USA) and has a Certificate ICDL (European Computer Driving License Foundation). He has participated and presented papers at numerous international conferences in ICT-related themes and subjects such as the Global Teacher Network. Besides being an SGAC National Point of Contact for his country, he is also a Project Implementation Team (PIT) member of the Enhancing the Visual Presentation of Education Content (ENEDCO) Project on the Copperbelt, as well as the Coordinator for SchoolNET Zambia in Mufulira. Misheck also coordinates the Global Teenager Projects on the Copperbelt to enhance the participation of schools in the use of ICT’s. He is also an engaged member of many groups dedicated to e-learning like the e-brain forum of Zambia, Computer Society of Zambia, Open Source Zambia Initiative (OSZi) and Teachers without Boarders (TWT). Currently, he teaches computer studies at a high school in the Copperbelt province and is the national examiner and setter in computer studies in collaboration with Examination Council of Zambia (ECZ).
“Misheck became the Zambian NPOC just this past April and has done a model job since. In June, he put on an event to spread the news about SGAC in Zambia and to encourage younger generations to become interested in space. He also has been very encouraging of his fellow NPOCs, participates in SGAC activities, and has done a good job communicating with the executive office. For coming from a non-spacefaring nation in a region where tools like reliable internet are not necessarily a given, I think Misheck has done an excellent job so far as NPOC. He is an inspirational character in SGAC leadership, and the initiative that he takes is indicative of the potential of our demographic in the space sector around the world.”
And here is the July MoM’s reaction:
“My experience with SGAC-Zambia has been overwhelming, lucrative and educational. Many thanks go to Mr. Simpemba and the SGAC-Zambia team for introducing me to SGAC-Zambia activities. Our main aim for SGAC-Zambia is to introduce and make awareness of Space Generation activities and formulate Space Generation clubs in schools, and this is coming to fruition. So far, we have formulated three Space Generation clubs in schools, namely, Mpelembe Secondary School, Mufulira High School and Butondo Secondary School. We hope to have more schools joining and participating in the Space Generation club activities in the coming months.”