MCA-Namibia commits to improve teacher education

21 Aug 2014 18:20pm
ONGWENDIVA, 21 AUG (NAMPA) - The Millennium Challenge Account Namibia (MCA-Namibia) has committed itself to support the improvement of teacher education programmes by providing information communication technology (ICT) equipment to the University of Namibia (Unam).
MCA-Namibia’s Education Director Tuli-mevava Nghiyoonanye said this on Thursday during the handing over of the ICT equipment worth about N.dollars 2.4 million to the Unam Hifikepunye Pohamba Campus.
The ICT equipment include 14 interactive smart boards which were installed in lecture halls, classrooms and computer labs as well as science labs; 167 desktop computers; eight smart personal computers (PCs) which are of laptop size but function more like the interactive boards; five document projectors; computer software to be used in teaching and learning of mathematics; four speaker systems installed in four lecture halls; and four drop-down projector screens for double projecting in lecture halls.
Nghiyoonanye said the ICT equipment support to Unam was deemed essential to improve the quality of teacher education in science and ICT teaching, and to contribute towards the realisation of the Compact’s education project
The agreement aims to improve the quality of the workforce in Namibia by enhancing the equity and effectiveness of basic, vocational and tertiary education and technical skills.
She stressed that the MCA-N’s teaching equipment support to teacher education complements efforts from Government, such as the implementation of teacher education reform programme as informed by the Education Sector Improvement Programme (ETSIP).
“Research having demonstrated that pedagogical integration of ICT in teaching and learning promotes genuine interest to learn, we can be hopeful of improved performance outcomes of ICT graduate teachers in a few years. Optimal utilisation and application of this equipment will have a great positive effect on teacher graduates’ performance outcome,” Nghiyoonanye said.
The MCA-Namibia Education Director said the equipment delivered serves the professional needs of Unam, and places the university in a position to improve the delivery of science and ICT teaching in the country.
“With an aggressive marketing of what your ICT and science laboratory has to offer to aspiring science and ICT teachers and learners, you can be assured of some growth in the enrolment, retention and graduation rates.
With more effort in the use and application of this equipment, the Hifikepunye Pohamba Campus can also have a significant impact on the lives of many young learners who are aspiring to become science and ICT teachers,” she said.