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Schools invited to visit floating book fair at Walvis Bay

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President Nangolo Mbumba says reading is a gateway to knowledge, a catalyst for imagination, and a cornerstone of education.

Speaking at the opening of the world's largest floating book fair, Logos Hope at Walvis Bay, Dr. Mbumba said reading books opens doors to new ideas and broadens one's perspective.

Represented by the Minister of Education, Arts, and Culture, Anna Nghipondoka, the president urged parents and guardians to instill a love for reading books in their children as early as possible.

Oshikoto Region prefers trimester over semester system for schools

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The Directorate of Education, Arts, and Culture in the Oshikoto Region and its stakeholders have proposed the re-introduction of a trimester system for schools from 2025 onwards.

A total of 46 participants, including learners, teachers, parents, and the public at large, gathered on Monday at Ekulo Secondary School for a regional consultation meeting on the government school calendar for the 2025 academic year.

The meeting was about concerns and proposals aired around semesters (two terms per year) and trimesters (three terms).

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.

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.

EU injects over N$300 million into ECD centres

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The European Union (EU) in Namibia has injected more than N$300 million into early childhood development (ECD) centres around the country. 

EU Ambassador to Namibia Ana Beatriz Martins made the announcement during the launch of the programme at Mix Settlement, on the outskirts of Windhoek. 

N$262 million will go to the Treasury, and N$60 million will go towards technical assistance, including support actions implemented by Unicef and the World Food Programme. 

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

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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.

Education staff implored to efficiently utilise funds

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The Minister of Education, Arts, and Culture, Anna Nghipondoka, has implored education staff to efficiently utilise funds for quality education.

Nghipondoka was speaking at the finalisation and validation of annual work plans for the financial year 2024–25.

Reflecting on the previous year, Nghipondoka highlighted the importance of efficiency in implementing programmes despite an 85% performance improvement.

The minister says that when schools are allocated funds for UPEs, stationaries, and the execution of duties, they should be used efficiently. 

Max Makushe School suspends classes over sewage problem

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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.