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Former Zimbabwe Engineer Conducting English Classes in China

  • Jonga Kandemiiri

Victor Mubaya

Victor Mubaya

When Zimbabwean, Victor Mubaya, left his country to study in the United States of America more than 15 years ago, little did he ever imagine that he will end up in China where he is teaching English.

Mubaya was born at Mpilo Hospital in Bulawayo 52 years ago and did part of his primary education in Zimbabwe’s second largest city before his parents relocated to Harare where he then completed his secondary school at Zengeza High School.

He went on to do an engineering apprenticeship at Rio Tinto before working for the Ministry of Manpower Planning as a trainer. Many students passed through his hands.

"I was one of the few trainers in the ministry and I trained a lot of engineering students in Mashonaland province," says Mubaya.

At the same time, Mubaya was making headlines as a soccer player featuring for the now defunct top flight soccer team, BAT Ramblers, the ‘Green Machine’ Caps United and Zimbabwe junior squads.

He later went to America to further his studies before relocating to Canada where he obtained two more degrees and a teaching qualification.

"The teaching course led my university to select me to be among a team of teachers it sent to China to help the Chinese government work on an English curriculum."

Mubaya says he is still involved in soccer as he continues to work with different soccer academies and teams by sourcing uniforms and other accessories.

He says in December 2014, he donated some soccer uniforms to an academy owned by former soccer star, Alois Bunjira, and two clubs in Chitungwiza.

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