Schools should take Life Skills teaching seriously: Katrina

28 Sep 2016 20:50pm
ONGWEDIVA, 28 SEP (NAMPA) – The Minister of Education, Arts and Culture said children’s rights to education does not end by being guaranteed a seat in class, but by the relevance and quality of education.
Katrina Hanse-Himarwa said this in remarks read on her behalf during the launch of the National Symposium on Convention of Child Rights (CRC), School and Classroom Management here on Tuesday.
The minister stated that the education provided by schools needs to be significant and the curriculum has to have current and future values for the child.
“In addition, teachers are required to have the ability to impart knowledge effectively and develop their students’ problem-solving and social skills,” she said.
Hanse-Himarwa added that the provision of equal and quality education is not enough if learners merely acquire subject content without real life skills, therefore the ministry is determined to enrich learners with the skills they need through Life Skills as a subject.
“There are, however, still schools that do not take this subject seriously and I am therefore requesting them to look into their perceptions towards this subject,” she urged.
Also speaking during the symposium, United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Representative Aina Heita noted the importance of child-friendly schools.
“The ability of a school to be classified as child-friendly is directly linked to the support, participation and collaboration it receives from families and a community at large,” she added.
According to UNESCO, child-friendly schools help children learn what they need to learn in order to face challenges of the new century, enhance their health and wellbeing as well as guarantee them safe and protective spaces for learning.
The UNESCO representative noted that factors such as lack of safe and secure school environments, lack of clean water and sanitation, discrimination of orphans and vulnerable children still affect the quality of education at some schools. However, UNESCO will continue to work closely with the Namibian government to ensure that this is done away with and that child-friendly schools are established in the country, she said.
The two-day CRC symposium took place under the theme ‘Promoting Children’s Right for Quality Inclusive Education’. It aimed at providing a platform to education directors, principals, teachers and learners to reflect and discuss children’s rights and on how to improve on shortcomings.
Representatives from Zambia, Malawi and Sweden attended.