Sue Goatley is the unsung hero of the CITW project. Her endless energy is the driving force behind the project, ensuring it is constantly evolving to keep up with developments in the region. Thanks to Wilderness for the interview :
Meet Sue Goatley, CITW Project Coordinator for Zimbabwe & Zambia…
Where were you born?
I was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and am a third generation Zimbabwean
Where did you go to school?
My Primary schooling was in Rusape a small rural farming community and my high schooling was in Harare
Have you studied after school?
Yes I did a three year Primary Teacher Training Diploma at Bulawayo Teachers Training College, taught for 25 years in both Zimbabwe government and private schools
What is your job now?
I am now the CITW and Community Programme Coordinator in Zimbabwe and Zambia
Did your upbringing have any influence on your decision to volunteer as a CITW Eco-mentor?
Yes, for sure. My parents loved the outdoors and nature, as a result as young children we spent a lot of time out in the bush camping, exploring and rock climbing
Has your job influenced your decision to volunteer as an Eco-mentor?
Yes, I have a passion for teaching and this combined with my love of the outdoors means I am in the perfect job!
What are your hopes for CITW/any specific projects (and your involvement in them) for the future?
To improve literacy levels and ensure there is an easy to follow, interactive, sustainable, environmental life-skills programme available to all primary school students in Zimbabwe and Zambia
What one sentence best describes you?
Over-enthusiastic, passionate about my country, the flora and fauna, want to ensure as many Zimbabwean children as possible get as good an education as possible and are informed and equipped to preserve their heritage with integrity