Transformation of historic building Alte Feste to cost N$30 million


One of the oldest historic buildings in Windhoek, the Alte Feste in the city centre, will be renovated and turned into an art, craft, and heritage centre.

The initiative by the Namibia Craft Centre and the Ministry of Education, Arts, and Culture aims to revitalise the historic building.

It will have a craft market, an art gallery, a training workshop, art studios, a restaurant, and a courtyard, and it will retain the museum functions.

The renovation and repurposing project is estimated to cost N$30 million and will be done in phases.

Max Makushe School suspends classes over sewage problem


A contractor has blocked a sewerage pond at Max Makushe Secondary School in the Kavango East Region due to what they regard as outstanding payments by the Ministry of Education, Arts, and Culture.

The school has since suspended classes due to sewerage overflow.

The school has been struggling to get a permanent solution for the sewerage for almost five years.

The contractor, Empire Sense Investment, carried out what is referred to as emergency work for N$2 million.

The tender was awarded in November 2021.

Elambo Combined School teachers protest over inconsistencies in bush allowance


Staff members of the Elambo Combined School in the Oshikoto Region petitioned the Ministry of Education, Arts, and Culture to address inconsistencies in the bush allowances.

Demonstrators claim that staff members at some schools get a bush allowance of N$1,750 per month, but at Elambo Combined School, they get N$1,150 per month.

Teachers said they have been knocking at the ministry's door over the matter since 2012 but with no answers.

National African Students' Association continue to advocate quality education for all


The Secretary General of the National African Students' Association (NASA) says the association will continue to advocate for the well-being and betterment of students and learners across Namibia to achieve quality education for all. 

Daniel Shiimi said this at the celebration of NASA's 5th National Anniversary held in Windhoek.

Reading: A powerful tool


Reading remains a powerful tool for learning, imagination, and empowerment. 

These were the words of the Director of Namibia Library and Achieve Services in the Ministry of Education, Arts, and Culture, Sara Negumbo, at the celebration of World Book Day.

Negumbo highlighted that libraries play a vital role in fostering the culture of reading.

Education Ministry called to address disparity between government and private schools


The Ministry of Education has been called upon to benchmark its education curriculum against that of the private school system.

Some MPs in the National Assembly hold the view that private schools consistently outperform government schools.

Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) MP Hidipo Hamata tabled a motion in the National Assembly that seeks urgent and immediate action to be taken to rectify the disparity in performance.

Construction of emergency classrooms to continue this month


The Ministry of Education, Arts, and Culture will kick off this month with the second phase of its emergency classroom construction.

The Minister of Education, Arts, and Culture, Anna Nghipondoka, says the ministry will commence this month with the construction of another 500 classrooms across the country.

The ministry last year constructed 510 classrooms. 

The emergency construction of classrooms is part of the ministry's accelerated infrastructure development plan geared towards addressing the shortage of classrooms at lower primary.

Education Ministry, Jolly Futures work to strengthen foundational learning skills


The Ministry of Education, Arts, and Culture has joined forces with Jolly Futures to strengthen the foundational learning skills in early childhood education.

The aim is to close the education resource gap and enable investments in effective learning through Jolly Phonics training.

Jolly Phonics is a systematic, sequential phonics programme that is designed to teach children to read and write.

It teaches the letter sounds in an enjoyable, fun way and enables children to use them to read and write words.

Break-in reported at Rundu Education offices


The offices of the Ministry of Education, Arts, and Culture in Kavango East Region were broken into.

The incident was discovered by staff members who reported for duty on Friday. 

Authorities say they lost valuable items and data that were on the stolen laptops.

Work started on a dull note for staff members of the Directorate of Education office at Rundu on Friday morning.

Officially, the first on the scene was Acting Deputy Director Muhongo Mateya and a junior staff member, who arrived at the office at around 06:40.