James Hove grew up in Zimbabwe and completed his degree in Education (Secondary School) at the University Of Zimbabwe in 2002.
James started his career as an English High School Teacher where he realised that through education, he had the opportunity to influence and improve the lives of young adults. Being a teacher required him to motivate learners and prepare lesson plans, however James found that it was also helpful to familiarise himself with each learner’s background in terms of their sociological, psychological and even philosophical perspectives. This experience laid the platform for him to become a successful facilitator who is committed to assisting his learners in bettering their lives.
James joined the Media Works family in 2014. He presently lives in Germiston and is based as a facilitator in Pretoria West at the Department Of Defence (Works Training School).
“Being a facilitator offers me the opportunity to engage with adult education albeit at a different level to what I was accustomed to.”
James is motivated by the transformational effect that education can have on a learner’s life. “Education contributes to socio-economic transformation and the progress of a particular person at a particular place at a particular time.”
James finds that the challenges of the job are the most rewarding. “The hardest part of my job has actually been the best part – witnessing an adult who cannot communicate in English at all, but through hard work, he has made it from the dust to the apex.”
James gives the example of a learner who exceeded all expectations. “Oriel Soyapi Nkuna is one such learner that readily comes to my mind. He was born in 1962 and could hardly speak English or write legibly. Oriel has achieved more than he ever thought he would. One is never too old to learn something new or overcome one’s challenges.”
James is enjoying his role as a facilitator and considers it a privilege help his students move to the next level.
“The joy and privilege of being privy to an adult or group of adults facing and triumphing over their nemesis in Literacy and Numeracy, of learning something new, dynamic and exciting is always fascinating and far removed from the monotony of routine.”