Background

The Child Rights Research Center (CRRC), Africa University under the College of Social Sciences, Theology, Humanities and Education was established in 2017 in response to the need for representation and documentation of children’s lived experiences on the continent and the responses of governments, agencies and practitioners to the critical needs and rights of Africa’s children.

The CRRC activities are divided into teaching and training, research, advocacy/outreach and Publications.

Vision

Innovate to research and create a world where children are free from exploitation, conflict, violence and trauma. 

Mission

  • Ensure the training of future researchers in child rights and childhood research.
  • Increase innovation through the development of new tools for research in child rights.
  • Accelerate the advancement of knowledge to favour the promotion of child rights and the improvement of children’s protection and quality of life.
  • Align excellence in research with policy development and implementation.
  • Increase the Centre and Africa University’s public visibility.
  • Serve as a conduit for positive change, active dialogue and honest interrogation of treaties, policies, instruments and structures that are meant to serve the interests of children.

Values & Guiding Principles

  • Pan African
  • Leadership
  • Innovation 
  • Diligence
  • Integrity 
  • Excellence
  • Performance 
  • Collaboration
  • Knowledge share
  • Respect 

Strategic Goals & Objectives

There are three overarching goals and objectives:

Add Value to cutting-edge research in child rights issues

  1. To enhance the national, regional, continental and global capacities in child-sensitive social policies through academic programmes and training.
  2. To increase the pool of child rights professionals who apply child rights principles in practice through academic programmes and training.
  3. To enhance the capacity of communities and families to practice behaviours and demonstrate attitudes which protect children from violence, abuse and exploitation through advocacy and outreach programmes.
  4. To provide/increase data availability for enhancing capacity of communities, families and practitioners to protect children from violence, abuse and exploitation through research.

Attract and retain diverse staff

  1. Cultivate an environment that stimulates, challenges and grows staff knowledge, skills and competencies
  2. Encourage staff engagement and participation at all levels of process improvement and achievement of strategic goals
  3. Develop leaders and career paths for promoting world class researchers in child rights.

Add value to Africa University

  1. Impact AU strategic research directions and policies
  2. Improve recruitment/retention of top researchers
  3. Improve integration of research and innovation
  4. Improve translation of research into the public benefit
  5. Promote and enhance cross-cutting research initiatives
  6. Increase and diversify external research funding
  7. Decrease barriers to collaboration

Meet the team

Dr. Tendai Charity Nhenga

Director & Interim Head of the Research Unit

Dr Tendai Charity Nhenga is a reputable human rights, child rights and child protection specialist and educator with more than 14 years of practical experience.

She is a holder of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Public Law and Master of Laws (LLM) degree in Human Rights Law from the University of Cape Town (South Africa); Bachelor of Laws (LLB)(Hons) degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Law (B.A. Law) degree from the National University of Lesotho and a National Diploma in Mass Communication in Print Journalism from Harare Polytechnic  (Zimbabwe).

Research Interests: violence against children, child labour, education and legal and policy analysis.

Email: directorcrrc@africau.edu

Dr. Pedzisayi Leslie Mangezvo

Head of Publications and Outreach Unit

Dr. Pedzisayi Leslie Mangezvo is an experienced ethnographer and researcher in anthropology and sociology of childhoods, gender and migrant masculinities. He has worked in this field for more than two decades.

He is a holder of a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa); Master of Science degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology and Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Sociology (University of Zimbabwe).

Research Interests: child safeguarding, child rights programming, migrant children, budget analysis.

Email: crrcpublications@africau.edu

Dr Priscilla Muchemwa-Munasirei

Head of Teaching and Training Unit

Dr Priscilla Muchemwa-Munasirei is a seasoned educator, administrator, academic and rural development practitioner. She has worked in this field for 15 years.

She holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Rural Development and a Master of Philosophy degree in Rural Development from the University of Venda (South Africa; Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work, Women’s University in Africa (Zimbabwe); Bachelor of Social Science Sociology (Hons) degree, Africa University (Zimbabwe); Diploma in Education, University of Zimbabwe; Certificate in Family, Health and Life Studies, Mutare Teachers’ College (Zimbabwe).

Research Interests: child protection and participation, livelihoods and food security, rural development.

Email: munasireip@africau.edu

Ms. Sibanda

Administration Officer

Ms. Sibanda is a holder of an Executive Master in Business Administration (EMBA), Africa University (Zimbabwe); Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Entrepreneurial Development Studies (BSc. MEDS), Women’s University in Africa (Zimbabwe).

Email: crrcadmin@africau.edu

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Dr. Mary Gohwa-Kapesa

Lecturers/Dissertation Supervisor

Dr. Mary Gohwa-Kapesa is a seasoned psychosocial support and resilience practitioner, researcher and academic. She has worked in this field for two decades.

Qualifications: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Psychology, UNISA (South Africa); Master of Science degree in Educational Psychology, University of Zimbabwe; Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Psychology, University of Zimbabwe.

Research Interests: resilience, child rights and psychosocial support.

Email: kapesam@africau.edu

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Mrs. Clara Madziwa

Lecturers/Dissertation Supervisor

Mrs. Clara Madziwa is highly experienced educational psychology and family studies expert.

Qualifications: Master of Science degree in Educational Psychology, University of Zimbabwe; Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Psychology, University of Zimbabwe.

Research Interests: child rights research methods, child and family studies.

Email: madziwac@africau.edu

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Rev. Dr. David Bishau

Senior Researcher

Rev. Dr. David Bishau is a theologian with 29 years teaching, research and outreach experience at University Level.

Qualifications: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Religious Studies, University of Zimbabwe; Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies, University of Zimbabwe; Bachelor of Arts degree (Hons) in Religious Studies, University of Zimbabwe; Diploma in Religious Studies, University of Zimbabwe.

Research interests: Theology of children

Email: bishaud@africau.edu

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Rev. Dr. Thomas Munengwa

Senior Researcher

Rev. Dr. Thomas Munengwa is a distinguished scholar in Biblical Studies.

Qualifications: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Old Testament Studies, University of Pretoria (South Africa); Licentiate in Sacred Scripture (LSS), Pontifical Bible Institute (Italy); Master of Arts in Biblical Studies, Milltown Institute (Ireland); Bachelor of Arts degree (Hons) in Religious Studies, University of Zimbabwe; Diploma in Philosophy, Chishawasha Seminary (Zimbabwe)

Research Interests: Biblical studies, biblical languages, wisdom literature, prophecy, and the Gospels

Email: munengwat@africau.edu

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Mr. Elliot Chikaka

Senior Researcher

Mr. Elliot Chikaka is an experienced statistician who has worked in the biological, medical, agricultural and environmental sciences.

Qualifications: Master in Biostatistics degree, University of Zimbabwe; Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Statistics, Zimbabwe Open University; Certificate in Education, Hillside Teachers’ College (Zimbabwe).

Research Interests: Statistical methodology, child indicators.

Email: chikakae@africau.edu

 

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Dr. Tawanda Nyikadzino

Senior Researcher

Dr. Tawanda Nyikadzino is a Public Policy and Public management expert with 7 years of experience in university teaching and research.

Qualifications: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Public Management and Governance, University of Johannesburg (South Africa); Master of Science degree in Public Administration, University of Zimbabwe; Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Administration, University of Zimbabwe; Certificate in Research Methodology, University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa).

Research Interests: public policy, Local governance, public management and governance, decentralisation and devolutionary reforms, Intergovernmental relations.

Email: nyikadzinot@africau.edu

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Tinashe Sengurai

Junior Researcher

Tinashe Sengurai is a Doctoral Candidate in Child Rights and Childhood Studies.

Qualifications: Master of Social Science degree in Child and Family Studies, Africa University, (Zimbabwe); Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work, Midlands State University, (Zimbabwe); Bachelor of Social Science (BSoc Sci) degree, University of Fort Hare (South Africa); Certificate in Social Work, University of Zimbabwe.

Research Interests:  Child participation, child policy analysis, child safeguarding and early family intervention.

Email: sengurayit@africau.edu

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Simbarashe Kanyimo

Junior Researcher

Simbarashe Kanyimo is a Doctoral Candidate in Child Rights and Childhood Studies.

Qualifications: Master of Science degree in Child Rights and Childhood Studies, Africa University (Zimbabwe); Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Communication Studies with Education degree, Midlands State University (Zimbabwe); Executive Certificate in Project and Programme Monitoring and Evaluation (University of Zimbabwe ); Certificate in Systemic Family Counseling (Zimbabwe Institute of Systemic Therapy ); Certificate  in  International Refugee Law (International Institute of Humanitarian Law, Sanremo (Italy)

Research interests: Child labour; adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights; child protection in emergencies, refugee and internally displaced settings.

Email: kanyimos@africau.edu

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Nobukosi Vudzijena

Junior Researcher

Nobukosi Vudzijena is a Doctoral Candidate in Child Rights and Childhood Studies.

Qualifications: Master of Science degree in Child Rights and Childhood Studies, Africa University, (Zimbabwe); Bachelor of Science degree in HIV/AIDS Management and Community Development, Chinhoyi University of Technology, (Zimbabwe); National Diploma in Mass Communication (Broadcast Journalism) Harare Polytechnic  (Zimbabwe).

Research Interests: Child protection, sexual and gender-based violence, reproductive health.

Email: vudzijenan@africau.edu

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Rumbidzai Marevegwa

Junior Researcher

Rumbidzai Marevegwa is a Doctoral Candidate in Child Rights and Childhood Studies.

Qualifications: Master of Science degree in Child Rights and Childhood Studies, Africa University (Zimbabwe); Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work, University of Zimbabwe.

Research Interests: violence against children, child sexual abuse, child marriage, education and policy.

Email: marevegwar@africau.edu