28 Aug 2013 10:00
KEETMANSHOOP, 28 AUG (NAMPA) - Thirty Heads of Department (HODs) and principals from different schools in the Hardap Region are attending a three-day training session on school leadership at Mariental.
This training will run from Wednesday until Friday, and was organised by the Directorate of Education in Hardap, in collaboration with the British Council in Namibia, which is also facilitating the training.
The Deputy Director of Education and Acting Director in the Hardap Region, Ehrenfriede Kauraisa-Stephanus told Nampa in a telephonic interview today that 28 HODs and two principals are attending the training session.
The main objective of the training is to sharpen the leadership and administrative skills of the HODs and principals. We also want them to get together and share leadership experiences for better leadership in schools, she noted.
Kauraisa-Stephanus said the participants are encouraged to share their experience and discussions from the training with teachers and other principals back at their schools to also facilitate good leadership.
The training also covers capacity-building, time management, staff motivation and community engagement in education.
The event started last year with 40 principals who participated, but there were no HODs then. So this year, we decided to include HODs. We also decided that it will be held annually, she stated.
She added that the Anglo American Namibia Foundation (AANF) also sponsored a two-year course for Hardap principals with an amount of over N.dollars 1 million.
Upon completion of the course in 2015, the participating principals will receive certificates in Educational Management and Leadership.
The first session of the training already started in Rehoboth last week, with 30 principals participating. The second session will follow in May 2014, while the third will be in August 2014 and the last one in May 2015, she explained.