16 Apr 2015 16:50pm
KAISOSI, 16 APR (NAMPA) - A total of 123 graduates received certificates, diplomas and degrees at the University of Namibia (UNAM)s Rundu Campus on Thursday.
The campus also conferred its first-ever bachelor degrees in Education (B.Ed) to 87 students, of whom 11 received their B.Ed in pre-primary and lower primary, and 76 received their B.Ed in upper primary.
Higher Education, Training and Innovation Deputy Minister, Becky Ndjoze-Ojo, who was the guest speaker at the occasion, called on the graduates to enlighten the communities in which they will serve as educators.
She said they should make their communities a better place so that future generations can celebrate their contribution towards nation building.
The ideals, hopes and aspirations of this country are now placed on your shoulders, as you start asking not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country, Ndjoze-Ojo said.
She said the education that UNAM has provided over the years must now be utilised to solve real problems on the ground.
You can have your degrees but if you are not making it relevant to your community then you are failing. Go and replicate yourself and others so that there will be many of you who will bear degrees, she said.
The deputy minister then called on those in the education fraternity to come up with innovative ideas on how to reconstitute the ministry, adding the ministry is only as good as the people working there and producing results. Ndjoze-Ojo concluded by thanking the graduates for persevering through thick and thin to overcome the challenges that could have potentially caused them to abandon their studies.
Also speaking at the graduation ceremony was UNAM Vice-Chancellor, Lazarus Hangula, who said the Rundu Campus is slowly transforming itself into a real multidisciplinary academic institution with proper laboratories and research facilities, as well as academic programmes.
Professor Hangula noted that it is his wish to have the Rundu Campus transform itself into a centre of excellence in teaching and research, not only in Education but also in other fields such as Health and Forestry.
UNAM must remain relevant to the regional endowment and the need of the local communities, including value addition to agricultural products since the Kavango regions host the bulk of Government Green Scheme Projects in the country, the UNAM Vice-Chancellor stated.
The Rundu Campus this year diversified its programmes and also offers diplomas in Entrepreneurship and New Management, higher diplomas in Accounting and Auditing, and a degree in Business Administration.