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Dr. Oswell Namasasu


BA. Ed (Dual Hons) degree in Geography and Economics from the National University of Lesotho, an MA in Geography from Queen’s University at Kingston in Canada, a certificate in Remote Sensing for Educators from Stockholm University, a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Zimbabwe, a diploma in French as a Foreign Language from Alliance Française de Harare, and a certificate in Translation and Interpretation from the University of Zimbabwe.

Academic Appointments:

He has served as Head of the Department of Science and Mathematics Education (2002-2005, 2017-2018,) Deputy Dean of Education (2002-2004), and a Proctor of the University of Zimbabwe (2005-2006).He is a Senior Lecturer and currently the Faculty Higher Degrees Committee (FHDC)Coordinator for Education.

Research Interests:

(1) Dictionary for Mother Tongue Instruction in Science andTechnology(Lead Researcher in Research Group)
(2) Challenges faced by Students with Visual Impairment in Science Education (Lead Researcher in Research Group)

(3) The Effects of Cyclones with Specific Reference to Cyclone Idai (Co-Researcher in Research Group)

(4)Dual Citizenship in Zimbabwe’s Constitution: Implications for Zambian and Malawian migrants (Lead Researcher in Research Group)
(5) Do We Teach Against Skin Bleaching? A Critical Analysis of the School Curriculum (Developing journal article from paper written for the University of Zimbabwe Research Week of August, 2019)

(6) Research Methods and Statistics for the Social Sciences (Jointly writing a textbook for undergraduate students with Dr. F. Matarise of the Dept. of Statistics)
(7) Catching them Young for Science and Technology (Editing a book based on the proceedings of the Catching them Young: Science and Technology Workshop held on 6 July 2018 at the University of Zimbabwe)

(8) A Situational Analysis of the Effects of COVID-19 on Women and Girls with Visual Impairment in and around Harare in Zimbabwe(Contributing a chapter to the book Disability and COVID-19 edited by Prof T. Chitaika of the Dept. Educational Foundations)

Faculty: Education
Department: Science, Design and Technology Education (SDTE)
Research Category: Education

Dr. Oswell Namasasu was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, in 1955. He has extensive experience in curriculum design, development and instruction gained when he worked first as a school teacher and later as a materials writer with the Curriculum Development Unit of the Ministry of Education before joining the University as a geography and environmental science education lecturer in 1987.

Phone: +263 775996767

Mutenga, R. C. and Namasasu, O. (1988) Growth Point Development: The case of Chiendambuya, Geographical Education Magazine Vol.11, No. l 2, pp. 22-31
Namasasu, O. and Crush J.S (1985) Rural rehabilitation in the Basotho labour reserve.Applied Geography, Vol.5, 83-98.
Namasasu, O. (1987) The Restructuring of Capital and Uneven Regional Development: Towards a Holistic approach,Geographical Journal of Zimbabwe No. 18, pp 41-51.
Namasasu, O. (1988a) Towards a Decolonized Radical Southern African Geography,Geographical Education MagazineVol. 11, No. 2, pp. 1-13
Namasasu O. (1988b) The Green Revolution and Africa,Geographical Education Magazine Vol. 11, No. 2, pp. 37 – 41.
Namasasu, O. (1990) Seeking a Socialist Geography in Zimbabwe,Area (Institute of British Geographers) Vol 22, No. 4 pp 393 – 394.

Namasasu, O. (1993) Transnational Corporations: a geographical perspective. Geographical Education Magazine Vol. 16, No. 2 pp 2-7.

Namasasu, O. (1994a) Learning about Wildlife in the City: The Mukuvisi Woodlands. Zimbabwe Science News Vol. 28 Nos. 1-3 pp 11-12
Namasasu O. (1994b) Learning Geography through Role Playing,Geographical Education Magazine Vol. 17 No. 2 pp. 32-42
Namasasu, O. and Kandemiri M. (2002) Awareness of Mukuvisi River Pollution among Primary School Children: A Case Study Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research, Vol. 14 No. 2 pp 109 – 124.

Namasasu, O. Mupfururirwa, V. and Mupawaenda, A. (2015) Liberating Africa’s Future Generations from the Myth of Redemptive Violence through Peace Education, Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research, Vol. 27 No. 3 pp 485-503.

Namasasu, O. (2016) The Case for Dual Citizenship In Lesotho

Namasasu, O. , Chabata, E., Ndlovu, E., Gopo, L. Kandawasvika-Chivanndikwa, R. and Mpofu, S. (2019) Towards the Development of Monolingual Dictionaries for Mother Tongue Instruction in Science and Mathematics at Infant School (ECD to Grade 2) (

Namasasu, O. (2020) Exclusion of Children with Disability from Citizenship Education at Primary School (

Hodzi, R.A., Namasasu, O., Chikomwe, P., and Kombora, T.G. (1994) Monograph 5: Quality of Life and Development Education in Education for All: Teacher Education Package, (250 pages) UNESCO, ISBN: 92-9124-007-8
Namasasu, O. (2013) The Quality of Citizenship Education in Harare, 303 pages), Scholars’ Press: Saabrucken. ISBN: 978-3-639-70132-61

Patented Work:

Grants & Funding (current and Past projects):

International University Exchange Fund 1977-1981
R Samuel Mclaughlin Fellowship 1984-1985
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, 1985
Research Board, UZ, 2002

Awards & Achievements:

Moabi Mapetla Award, 1981
University of Zimbabwe, Long Service Award (30 years), 2018

Consultancy and advisory work (current and past):

External Examiner, Great Zimbabwe University, Departments of Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development, 2017 –present;
External examiner for MEd dissertations, Department of Language and Social Education, National University of Lesotho, 2017- present;
External Examiner for PhD thesis, Department of Didactics, Unisa, 2015;
Writer for Education for All: Teacher Education Package, UNESCO, 1994;
Content Reviewer of Environmental Education research papers, Institute of Environmental Studies, University of Zimbabwe, 1995-1996;
Content Reviewer of Diploma Module: PGDE 350Interactive Teaching and Learning of Geography, ZOU, 2000;
Editor of BSc Module:Regional Development, GED304, ZOU, 2001;
Content Reviewer of BSc Module: Urban Geography. GED 204, ZOU, 2001; Content Editor of BSc Module: Regional Development, GED304, ZOU, 2001;
Editor of Geographical Education Magazine,1987-1989;
Editorial Board Member of Journal of Geography Education for Southern Africa (JoGESA), 2017 –present;

Supervision information (MPhil, DPhil, etc.):

Currently supervising the following D’Phil students:
Misheck Mhishi: An Analysis of Teacher Implementation of Continuous Assessment in O-level Geography in Bindura, Zimbabwe(Main supervisor: Dr Oswell Namasasu; Associate Supervisor: Dr Smart Mpofu)
Shepherd Mundondo: An Analysis of the Zimbabwe Secondary Curriculum Reforms: The Case of Advanced level History in Chitungwiza (Main supervisor: Dr Oswell Namasasu; Associate Supervisor: Dr Munyaradzi Nyakudya)
Reuben Mashingaidze: Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development: An Evaluation of the Implementation of the Secondary School Geography Curriculum in Mwenezi (Main supervisor: Dr Oswell Namasasu; Associate Supervisor: Dr Smart Mpofu)
Stanley Gorejena: Teacher Efficacy in the Implementation of the Competence-based Science and Technology Curriculum in Satellite Primary Schools in Harare (Main supervisor: Dr Smart Mpofu; Associate Supervisor: Dr Oswell Namasasu)

Professional membership, Committees, Boards:

Member, Southern African Geography Teachers’ Association, 2017-present
Member of Editorial Board of Journal of Geography Education for Southern Africa, 2017- present
Chairman, National Council of Geographical Association of Zimbabwe,1998-2000;
Member, Management Board, Institute of Environmental Studies, University of Zimbabwe, 1995-1997;
Non-Senate Representative, Council of the University of Zimbabwe, 1999 – 2002;
Faculty of Education Representative, University of Zimbabwe Research Board, 2019-present
Member, University of Zimbabwe Research Week Committee, 2019-present

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