Gavin Peter

Zimbabwe | Director of Arts and Culture

Gavin’s first desire was to communicate. He career has developed and reaffirmed this desire. His training, jobs choices and life reflect his belief that communication, connection and contact between humans is one of our most profound experiences and the basis of our humanity.

Language is the common denominator for communication and Gavin studied his first degree, a Bachelor of Arts Honours in French and English, which two subjects, including literature and writing, he has taught to Cambridge A level. He wrote a text book currently used in Zimbabwe for learners, who begin French at a later stage, for example, at high school. He has studied and taught Latin as the base of all romance languages, completing a diploma at the Centre International des Langues in France in 1993 and a diploma in Interpretation and Translation at the University of Zimbabwe in 1994. He has studied Spanish and Mandarin.

The Arts have been a second passion for Gavin. He believes that all we learn is through the Arts and mainly through theatre. He has worked with and used the Arts all his career. He holds a diploma in teaching Public Speaking, Acting and Speech from the London Academy of Dramatic Arts and has developed students through the Arts for 16 years, notably through a public speaking competition he developed nationally in Zimbabwe from 1994 – 2003, which taught high school students the skills and art of public speaking in almost every school in the country, developing talent to reach a final competition represented by all nine provinces. He has been involved in and is currently the Director of the Speech and Drama Festival, a national festival to encourage, develop and promote speaking, reciting, creating and artistic verbal expression in students from the age of six to over 18 in Zimbabwe. He has taught theatre to the International Baccalaureate level and is currently an examiner for Theatre Arts Group 6 for the IB Organisation worldwide. He has worked with the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) since its inception in 1999, and in 2013 was its Artistic Director.

Gavin has experience with high school boarding, having taught for ten years at Prince Edward School in Zimbabwe, rated sixth best school in Africa in 2012, where he learnt that the true life of a school is in the residence. There he ran programmes to develop talent in every student in boarding.

At the African Leadership Academy in South Africa, he has been the Director of Residence, the Director of Student Life and is currently the Director of Arts and Culture, supervising and in charge of the safety of 180 students and eight residential staff, coordinating their day to day living, meals and health. He is currently Head of Department of Creative Arts, teaching creativity and right brain thinking.