09 Jun 2013 08:10
WINDHOEK, 09 JUN (NAMPA) - The European Union (EU) through the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) has committed to increasing its efforts at supporting the effective, equitable and efficient provision of quality education in Namibian schools.
The Head of the EU Delegation to Namibia, Raul Fuentes Milani said this at Rehoboth on Friday during the handing over of certificates of recognition to community members who contributed to the development of the Rehoboth Primary School (PS).
Rehoboth PS was one of four schools where Unicef and the EU launched the Social Accountability and School Governance project last year, which is aimed at empowering civil society and school communities in Namibia with information, skills and tools that will encourage them to monitor the performance of the education sector.
In a speech availed to Nampa on Friday, Milani said the EU, as the funding partner to the project implemented by Unicef, aims to support the development of an education system which is participatory, transparent, accountable, effective, compliant and responsive to the needs of the people.
?We know there is no magic recipe that we could apply blindly, but we also know there are specific principles we cannot ignore,? he stated.
Milani added that other crucial principles which contribute to quality and equitable education include the proactive involvement of communities and parents in education at local level.
Other contributing factors include giving the school communities more opportunities to voice their views on the strengths and weaknesses of the provision of education services in their schools.
The Head of the EU Delegation to Namibia noted that the need for a platform and means through which voices of stakeholders can be systematically channelled to influence decisions at regional and national levels can also contribute to the equality of education.
He added that in that regard, civil society is instrumental to ensure that the voices at grassroots level echo loudly enough to bring about the necessary changes to the system.
?The social accountability project that your school is privileged to take part in is increasing public awareness on education issues and rights to education to give more power to your voices, while developing a framework for these principles to bear their fruit towards the betterment of education,? Milani said.
He commended all stakeholders engaged in the innovative approach to school governance and participatory monitoring.
Milani handed over the certificates along with Unicef representative in Namibia, Micaela Marques de Sousa.