Ruth First Scholar (2008-09)
Nomazile Chicho is from Botswana. She graduated from the University of Botswana in 2007 with a BA in Humanities (Sociology & Environmental Science), and was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Education in 2008. She has worked as a Peer Counsellor, and as a Youth Officer for the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture. She has been actively involved at university and in the community with counselling, education and research relating to HIV/AIDS.
At Durham, Noma took an MSc in Public Policy & Health. She was the first Ruth First Scholar to be based at Durham’s Queen’s Campus in Stockton. She was a member of St Chad’s College, which supports the Ruth First Scholarship by providing subsidized accommodation. She was an active member of the Student Community Action group and performed with Ngoma Uropa, the African vocal and percussion ensemble formed by Peter Okeno Ong’are, the 2007-08 Ruth First Scholar. She was awarded a Distinction for her dissertation on HIV/AIDS in Botswana and the UK.
Update 2020: Nomazile obtained a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Botswana in 2016 and is now working as a Lecturer at BA ISAGO University in Gaborone.
2022: Head of the Department of Safety Management at BA ISAGO and Coordinator of the new Climate Change and Entrepreneurship Centre.