IMN Institute infuses smart technologies in public education

The Minister of Education, Arts, and Culture has called for a demand-driven education system.

Anna Nghipondoka says that it is high time that Namibia moves away from importing a skilled workforce.

Nghipondoka made the remarks at the launch of the IMN Technology Mentorship Institute, which aims to assist the public education sector in preparing and training competent and technologically advanced individuals who are ready to develop a competitive economy for Namibia.

Namibia, Germany cooperate to preserve historical records

The National Archives of Namibia (NAN) and the Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg, Germany, have jointly organised a two-day workshop on the preservation, conservation of records, and restoration practices.

The workshop brought together archivists and professionals from both countries to share expertise and knowledge in the crucial field of preserving historical records.

The two countries are hoping to strengthen the preservation and conservation efforts of historical documents in Namibia and foster international cooperation.

Education Ministry explains provision of sanitary materials in schools

The Minister of Education, Arts, and Culture, Anna Nghipondoka, has presented the provisions, systems, and processes designed to provide sanitary materials to underprivileged schoolgirls across schools in Namibia.

Nghipondoka pointed out that the Basic Education Act of 2020 contains explicit provisions for giving sanitary materials to girls in schools.

Over 300 students graduate at NAMCOL

Graduation is not an end in itself, but a new beginning in self-challenge.

This was the message at the Namibian College of Open Learning's (NAMCOL) graduation ceremony, where 330 students reaped the fruits of their hard work.

Students received certificates, diplomas, and degrees in sign language interpretation, local government studies, early childhood development studies, pre-primary education, and entrepreneurship.

National Literary Festival launched

The Ministry of Education, Arts, and Culture, in collaboration with the National Library and Archives, has established a platform for 74 Namibian writers aimed at nurturing a culture of writing and reading within the country.

The two entities launched the National Literary Festival to celebrate Namibian literature, stories, creativity, and the culture of reading.

The festival's purpose is to promote authors' books and foster a love of literature and writing.

Responsibility given to parents to safeguard children from digital realm

Enhancing the rights of the African child in the digital realm necessitates accessible and affordable internet connectivity as well as information and communication technology devices.

However, the Executive Director in the Ministry of Education, Arts, and Culture, Sanet Steenkamp, says this advancement also exposes children to the potential violation of their rights, particularly the risk of online sexual exploitation.

Ministry of Education dismisses claim of same-sex relationships curriculum

The Ministry of Education, Arts, and Culture says it does not have a curriculum in which learners are taught to become homosexuals, as perceived by some segments of society.

A statement issued by the ministry's Executive Director, Sanet Steenkamp, comes after representatives of faith-based organisations and some citizens have alleged that the school curriculum teaches or promotes same-sex relationships in schools.

Steenkamp says the ministry's teaching does not favour or discriminate against learners on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

N$40 million allocated for textbooks

A N$40 million budget has been allocated for the procurement of textbooks, and these funds will be transferred to the regions next month.

The Minister of Education, Arts, and Culture, Anna Nghipondoka, acknowledged the challenges associated with textbook development and expressed the ministry's recognition of these difficulties.

Minister Nghipondoka revealed that the procurement process for textbooks has already commenced in the regions and will be expedited with the urgency it deserves.

Lack of career guidance in many secondary schools in Namibia a concern

The Ministry of Basic Education, Arts, and Culture has expressed concern over the lack of career guidance in many secondary schools throughout the country.

This concern was brought to light by Education Minister Anna Nghipondoka during a regional consultation meeting held in Otjiwarongo with school principals from the Otjozondjupa Region.

The meeting was attended by nearly 50 school principals and heads of departments.

Education Ministry called to register private school in Windhoek's Goreangab area

Parents of learners who are attending an unregistered lower primary private school in Windhoek's Goreangab area want the Ministry of Education, Arts, and Culture to urgently register the school.

Parents, including community members, say they have done all they could to meet the government halfway by setting up the school.

This is the Okapale informal area in Goreangab, and over the years, the residents here have increased, as have the shacks, most of them illegally, and with that, the demand for municipal and government service delivery has escalated.