21 Sep 2013 03:10
WINDHOEK, 21 SEP (NAMPA) - The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Portugal to teach local police officers the Portuguese language here.
The training is included in a wider project between the governments of Portugal and Namibia, which foresees the teaching of Portuguese as a foreign language in Namibian schools, said Helena Paive, the Charge d' Affaires of the Embassy of Portugal to Namibia.
Speaking during the closing of the first five-month training course also on Friday, Paive said they hope that this MoU will be a first step of cooperation in the area of policing between their two countries, and that in the closer future, other areas of cooperation between the police forces of Portugal and Namibia can be defined and strengthened.
The course was attended by NamPol investigators, detectives, protocol officers, members deployed at borders and points of entry such as airports and harbours who play key roles in providing crime detection, crime prevention and victim-care through their engagement with local communities.
The overall objective of the course was to develop and enhance proficiency in the Portuguese language at an advanced level, equipping members with the necessary linguistic abilities and skills to engage with multicultural communities.
It also aimed to ensure essential practical communication when dealing with victims, witnesses, tourists and members of the public, as well as providing interpretation and translation from English to Portuguese and vice versa.
Twenty-nine police officers received certificates on successful completion of the training.
They came from different regions in Namibia, and successfully mastered Portuguese - from beginner to advanced level.
Also speaking at the closing ceremony, the Deputy Coordinator for Education of Portugal in Namibia, Carla Pereira said the students developed skills in reading and writing, speaking, listening and comprehension of the language.
Pereira said the students not only gained language proficiency, but also learned Portuguese culture.
Shitilifa Kauwanahafo was declared the best student of the course, and was offered a scholarship by the Portuguese Government to attend an intensive Portuguese language course in Portugal next year.
This is a surprise to me, but I assure everyone that if I go, I will study very hard. Maybe if I come back, I will be an interpreter for NamPol or an instructor for those who are going to enroll for the same course, Kauwanahafo told Nampa after the closing ceremony.