27 May 2016 07:40am
WINDHOEK, 27 MAY (NAMPA) - The Teachers' Union of Namibia (TUN) and the International Youth Fellowship (IYF) from South Korea on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding to train teachers in leadership.
The IYF is a Christian-based global youth initiative of the International Youth Fellowship Educational Foundation (IYFEF), a non-profit organisation in the state of California.
It is dedicated to the spiritual, intellectual, and emotional growth of young people around the world.
We have decided to sign the MoU with IYF because the majority of our teachers in the country are young people and the training will teach them how to work under difficult circumstances, said TUN Vice-President Ndjizuvee Haakuria.
He told Nampa here Thursday that TUN under its Mind Education Programme will look into the leadership development of teachers, especially novice teachers, as well as the teaching and learning situation and impact on learners.
Haakuria explained that the IYF will guide novice teachers as they transition from collegiate settings to the real world, where their choices have greater potential to ignite change and positively impact on those around them in their schools and communities.
Other IYF activities that the TUN will run are leadership training aimed at helping Namibian teachers transcend their limitations so that they can build strong characters and establish strong spiritual roots and set a solid foundation for leadership to enable them to contribute meaningfully to educational reform and development in Namibia.
The IYF also aims to promote inter-cultural tolerance among Namibian teachers in order to improve classroom practices and efficient management and administration of schools.
The MoU will ensure that learners under the care of TUN members develop leadership skills, positive attributes and aptitudes towards life, promote inter-cultural tolerance and global awareness.
Haakuria added that the TUN regional leadership and identified members in the regions will be trained over a period of five years. They are then expected to train other members and interested teachers.
Learner Representative Councils of various schools will be engaged.
The MoU, which is effective from 23 May 2016, covers co-funding of programmes and joint fundraising and marketing initiatives, free education, and oversees volunteer programmes.