Stakeholders should urgently support education: Hanse-Himarwa

05 Aug 2017 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 05 AUG (NAMPA) - Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa on Friday called on all stakeholders to support education in areas of urgent need such as subject expertise, provision of food for the feeding programmes and Information Communication Technology (ICT) services.
Hanse-Himarwa was speaking at a State of Education, Arts and Culture in Namibia event where she launched her brainchild, Friends of Education in Namibia Special Initiative (FENSI).
The minister explained that through this effort, the ministry was seeking to establish a “non-bureaucratic and red-tape free education support basket” into which the willing friends of education can pledge various forms of support to assist the minister and her team to timeously solve education challenges.
Twelve areas of need were identified under FENSI and they include provision of teaching expertise in various subjects, design, engineering and architectural support for the construction of physical facilities and provision of cash in kind for the construction and maintenance of schools.
The list also includes donations of relevant food commodities by food producers, processors, distributors, wholesalers, among others, to schools participating in the National School Feeding Programmes (NSFP).
On the provision of expertise in subjects, Hanse-Himarwa said this could be transferred through training or advice on relevant best practices while the ICT services needed were in areas of access, content development and connectivity.
The minister explained why FENSI was established saying that the deplorable situation she encountered in schools in 2015 when she undertook familiarisation tours to all 14 regions, required urgent solutions now than later, and Government could not do it alone.
“I undertook familiarisation visits and it was heart breaking to see the long distances that teachers and learners walk to schools and the environment in which they live,” said Hanse-Himarwa.
She said she observed the deplorable state of teacher housing, sanitation, hostel facilities, a lack of infrastructure and critical services such as water and electricity.