Dennis Sinyolo (Senior Coordinator)

Dennis Sinyolo
Dennis Sinyolo

Dennis is Senior Co-ordinator in EI's Education and Employment Unit. He is in charge of EI’s education policy and employment programmes, including the Education for All (EFA) portfolio, Early Childhood Education (ECE), school leadership, the Quality Educators for All project, EI’s teacher migration and mobility campaign and related issues.

In addition, he is a member of the Commonwealth Teachers’ Group (CTG); the Commonwealth Advisory Council on Teacher Recruitment, Mobility and Migration; the Global Unions Working Group on Migration; UNESCO’s EFA Global Monitoring Report (GMR) Advisory Board and represents EI on the Steering Committee of the International Task Force on Teachers for EFA. He has also served as a member of the OECD’s Group of Experts on School Leadership and the Group of Experts on the Education of Migrant Children. He recently served as a member of the Group of Experts for the European Commission (EC) funded project on Competence Requirements in Early Childhood Education and represents the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE)-EI European Region, in the European Policy Network on School Leadership.

Dennis has written several papers and articles on education and other social issues, including contributing to the Commonwealth Ministers Reference Book (2008) and published research studies for EI, including Teacher Supply, Recruitment and Retention in Sub-Saharan Africa, 2007; Early Childhood Education: A Global Scenario, 2010; and A descriptive analysis of distributed leadership in European schools, 2013. One of his recent publications includes, A strategy for managing teacher migration in Southern Africa: Principles, guidelines and policy considerations.

Born in Zimbabwe, Dennis obtained a Certificate in Education from Gwanda Teachers’ College and a Bachelor’s degree in Educational Administration, Planning and Policy Studies from the University of Zimbabwe. He then pursued a Masters in the same area at the Zimbabwe Open University, and a doctorate in Education Management with the University of South Africa.

Dennis started his teaching career as a primary school teacher, a position in which he remained for 14 years. He was also a part-time lecturer at the Zimbabwe Open University.

As an activist for teachers' rights, Dennis served on the National Executive Board of the Zimbabwe Teachers' Association (ZIMTA) for 9 years. He was also ZIMTA's Secretary General for 5 years. He spearheaded ZIMTA's HIV/AIDS Project and chaired the Programme's National Committee. He was a Board member of the local teacher training college, chairperson of the college's Academic Committee and a member of the Commission of Inquiry into Education and Training Implementation Task Force in Zimbabwe.

Dennis' work to improve the working conditions of teachers did not stop at the national level. He was an active member of Southern Africa Teachers' Organisation (SATO) and EI's African Regional Committee. He represented ZIMTA and EI in various fora, at both regional and international levels.

During his free time, Dennis enjoys playing sports such as soccer and cricket. He was the National Treasurer of the National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe and a Board member of Matabeleland South Cricket Association.

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