EFA requires full involvement of all citizens

18 Jul 2013 08:10
OLUPUMBU, 18 JUL (NAMPA) ? Principal of the Olupumbu Education Cluster Centre in the Omusati Region, Juliet Dala said Namibia?s success in the Education for All (EFA) drive requires the full involvement and commitment of all its citizens.
Dala, who is also the principal of the Olupumbu Combined School (CS), said this during the celebration of the 2013 EFA Week by schools of her cluster at Olupumbu here on Wednesday.
?It demands a dynamic partnership of our public and private sectors working together for common goals,? she told her audience.
According to Dala, the country?s Vision 2030 document clearly recognises the challenges and the changes which are taking place in its education system and the need to improve the housing of teachers, especially in the rural areas, as well as the qualifications of teachers and instructors in general.
While Namibia has made significant strides in reducing the legacy of illiteracy, Dala said, the country is still far from reducing the legacy in numeracy, science, engineering and industrial arts.
?We must strengthen pre-primary education in order to lay a strong foundation,? the Olupumbu Cluster Centre principal urged, adding that stakeholders in education are obliged to enforce good classroom practices, good school administration, management and good school governance.
She also demanded the restoration of respect, integrity and dignity of the teaching profession in the country.
Dala, at the same time, commended the Namibian Government for demonstrating seriousness about education by making significant investments in education and training since Independence.
According to her, constant annual allocation of over 23 per cent of national budget for expenditure in the education sector since independence has shown the government?s seriousness about the education of the Namibian child.
Dala believes many changes have been made in the education system in the country where new curricula were introduced at all levels and efforts made to improve the qualifications of teachers.
She went on to say several reforms have been introduced to improve access, equity and efficiency in the Namibian education system.
She used the same platform to call on principals, teachers and learners of the Olupumbu Cluster Centre to start preparing for the upcoming second trimester examinations.
?We at Olupumbu will start the examinations somewhere around 29 July,? Dala announced, while on the other hand, encouraging parents in the area to start registering children who have attained school-going age recently, for the 2014 academic year.
Most of the learners who addressed the gathering urged their fellow learners to be committed and to work hard if they are to be successful in their studies.
Namibia is marking the 2013 EFA Week from Monday to Friday under the theme ?Every Child Needs a Teacher ? Trained Teacher for All?.