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Special educational needs learners graduate from NIED

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61 learners with special educational needs graduated from the National Institute of Educational Development (NIED) with basic vocational skills such as fashion and design.

NIED was established in 2012, and this is its first graduation ceremony for basic pre-vocational skills.

Learners are from special schools across the country, including Eros Girls School and Eluwa Special School, and are trained in fashion and design, tailoring, and hospitality.

MPs commend investment in education sector

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Members of Parliament in the National Council have commended the government for investing in the education sector.

They were commended as they welcomed the budget allocation of over N$18 billion to the Ministry of Education, Arts, and Culture.

MPs expressed confidence in the ministry's ability to effectively execute the budget and sustain efforts towards infrastructural development.

Savo Nuts Private School withholds Grade 11 2023 examination results

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Parents of learners who wrote Grade 11 examinations last year at Savo Nuts Private School at Oshikango in the Ohangwena Region are unhappy about the withholding of their children's results.

Irregularities were detected among 27 learners who sat for the Grade 11 examinations last year at the school; hence, the school withheld the results of the suspected learners.

A team of officials from the Ministry of Education headquarters office was dispatched to the school to investigate the matter.

Schools celebrate World Earth Day

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At least 30 schools in Windhoek celebrated World Earth Day with a call to action to protect the environment and the world.

The celebration of Earth Day holds significance as Namibia is known for its unique ecosystems.

This year, the day was celebrated under the theme Planet vs. Plastics.

Enviromentalist Fransina Kalumbu pointed out the importance of acknowledging environmental issues and promoting sustainable practices.

Namibia Archival App launched

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The Namibia Archival Application was launched in Windhoek by the National Information Workers Association of Namibia (NIWAN).

The application is aimed at allowing Namibians to access Namibian documentary heritage at the click of a button.

The application seeks to transform the way the public accesses archival information from various archival institutions in Namibia.

Institutional archivists will also be trained to be able to receive and accept bookings from researchers and update 
information in their existing databases.

Hundreds of learners without school placement 

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The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture is facing an uphill battle for the placement of Grade 1 and Grade 8 learners.

The nbc News sat down with the Executive Director in the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Sanet Steenkamp, for an update on the 2024 placements for Grades 1 and 8.

Otjozondjupa, |Khomas and Erongo regions are at the top of the list, grappling with placement challenges.

In the |Khomas Region, 389 Grade 1 learners and 600 Grade 8 learners are still waiting for placement.

Dr. Herbert Diaz dies

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A leading author of Rumanyo literature—a combination of Rugciriku and Rushambyu, mostly taught in Kavango East schools—died last week.

Dr. Herbert Diaz died at a hospital in Swakopmund at the age of 75.

The late Dr. Diaz authored at least ten books, including Tu Ru Dwe Shivuya, Mandavero, and Mumpadi Dakare, among others.

His books were used in some schools in the then-Kavango Region and inspired many learners.

Dr. Diaz also served the Ministry of Education, Arts, and Culture in various positions.

School-based action plans and dedicated efforts paid off - Steenkamp

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The Executive Director at the Ministry of Education, Arts, and Culture says school-based action plans, improvement strategies, and dedicated efforts have paid off.

Sanet Steenkamp also reaffirmed the ministry's unconditional support for infrastructure development and professional assistance for the capacity development of teachers.

Education Ministry creates over 700 posts

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Building additional classrooms to cater to the ever-increasing demand for schools is one of the pressing priorities for the Ministry of Education, Arts, and Culture.

The Deputy Executive Director of the ministry, Edda Bohn, has revealed that the ministry has spent over N$155 million to construct 534 additional classrooms, 74 ablution facilities, and over 700 posts.

For now, school gates are still closed, but when the bells ring next week, it might be a different scene.

Parents urged to shape future of children

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As the 2024 academic year approaches, the Director of Programmes and Quality Assurance at the Ministry of Education, Arts, and Culture, Ayesha Wentworth, is urging parents to talk to their children about the dangers of using harmful substances.

Drugs can reduce a child's ability to learn, cause them to even drop out of school, and disrupt their lives and those around them.

Wentworth says children should expect harsh consequences if found with drugs on the school grounds, whether through disciplinary procedures or even face suspension.