Sheba is taking over as Education Empowerment Co-ordinator from Emily Pearse, who leaves Beyond Ourselves at the end of February after three and a half years in the role.
We asked a few questions of Sheba for this blog in order that we can all get to know her a little better.
Sheba, tell us a bit about how you came to become a teacher.
“I come from a family of teachers. My mother is a teacher of English and Religious studies and my late father was a lecturer at a Bible college for most of my childhood. In a way, they both inspired me to become a teacher.
When I completed Secondary School I received a scholarship to study as a Early Childhood Teacher Trainer at a college in my hometown, and I’ve never looked back since. Teaching, training and supporting teachers is my passion, and something that I see myself doing for the most of my career.”
Tell us a bit about your family/home life.
“My husband, Donald, is a Pastor and also works as an accountant. Together we have three beautiful girls, Rhema, Lusako and Tikondwe who are 6, 4 and 2 respectively. We also live with 3 other girls, an adult and two teenagers whom we look after as part of our extended family.
Our home life revolves around parenting, serving as assistant pastors in our church and work. So as you can imagine, life can get quite busy!”
Why have you joined Beyond Ourselves?
“I joined Beyond Ourselves because I have a passion for education, more especially literacy in disadvantaged communities. When I came to know of Beyond Ourselves, I discovered that the organisation had a similar passion. I feel that through Beyond Ourselves I have the opportunity to have a greater impact in improving literacy levels in Zambia.
This past week we’ve conducted literacy training with teachers and representatives from the Ministry of General Education as part of the Jolly Phonics Pilot we’ve been commissioned to organise. It’s been quite an experience meeting the teachers and headteachers and seeing their enthusiasm and willingness to learn how they can be more effective in teaching reading and writing. These are the types of experiences that energise me and that I can look forward to being a part of through Beyond Ourselves.”
What do you do for fun?
“I enjoy family outings, going for picnics and family road trips. My hobbies include reading, listening to music, cooking and baking. I am also a singer/songwriter.”
By Dan Whitcombe
– Dan and his wife oversee the work of Beyond Ourselves in Zambia and have been living in Ndola since 2013.