British experts trained Nam Defence in leadership

26 Jan 2016 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 26 JAN (NAMPA) -The Governments of Namibia and the United Kingdom (UK) are collaborating to address issues pertaining to leadership problems faced by the senior members of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) in the execution of their duties.
This was revealed by the British High Commission's political and press officer, Hans-Christiaan Mahnke in a media statement availed to Nampa on Tuesday.
The statement said the British High Commission in cooperation with the NDF and the UK Defence Force department started training a group of about 39 senior members of the NDF in a strategic leadership programme, representing the Army, Navy and Air Force, at Walvis Bay in the Erongo Region between 18 and 21 January 2016.
Mahnke said the three-day course focuses on capacitating the senior NDF members with strategic leadership and management by studying leadership theories, strategy development, critical decision-making, ethics and the importance of managing and leading change.
The course is being conducted by British military expert, Colonel Martyn Forgrave of the UK Army.
The statement quoted Forgave as saying: “This has been a highly successful and rewarding course; I have been impressed by the level of engagement by the delegates. It has been a real pleasure returning to Namibia”.
Edward Hauanga, Director of Education and Training in the Namibian Ministry of Defence said: “The strategic leadership programme has provided our senior soldiers with the analytical tools to organise, evaluate, and efficiently build an outcome driven organisation”.
Colonel John McCardle, the UK Defence Advisor accredited to Namibia, was present at the closing ceremony and presented the participants of the course with certificates.
Speaking at the same event, British High Commissioner to Namibia, Joanne Lomas said the programme illustrated the importance of the UK/Namibia relationship and was delighted that the programme was so well supported by the NDF and that it included other soldiers from Southern African Development Community (SADC) partners.
The next UK sponsored defence programme will be English language training and is to be delivered in Windhoek on a yet-date-to-be-announced day in February this year.
A number of senior members of the Malawian and Zambian Defence Forces also took part in the course along the Namibian coast.
The three-day course was sponsored by the Office of the British High Commission in Windhoek, the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom and Cranfield University.