Teachers must teach learners high morals and values - Namwandi

04 Nov 2013 13:20pm
WINDHOEK, 04 NOV (NAMPA) - The Minister of Education on Friday called on teachers to not only teach learners subject content, but to also teach them life skills, high morals and good social values.
Dr David Namwandi said at the 21st anniversary of the Martti Ahtisaari Primary School (MAPS) in the capital that teachers must guide their learners and lead them to achieve high levels of greatness, similar to the greatness achieved by the man after whom the school was named.
He also called on teachers to involve learners’ parents, particularly in the teaching and learning process.
“Make them part of the discussions about the well-being of their children. You must also appreciate and acknowledge their contributions to the education of their children,” he stressed.
Namwandi then appealed to the learners of MAPS to set a brilliant example in their community by not using alcohol and drugs.
“I trust that at this school, you will never allow those evil things past the gates. I trust that you will value the purpose of this school, and take pride in developing your talents to the fullest extent,” he noted.
The school was established in 1991 after Namibia's independence as the Wanaheda Primary School until 1997, and was renamed Martti Ahtisaari Primary School on Ahtisaari's 60th birthday by the Finnish Teachers' Labour Organisation.
The 21st anniversary of this school was celebrated with poems, songs and traditional dances by the learners and teachers.
Ahtisaari was a former president of Finland from 1994 to 2000, and served as the United Nations (UN) Commissioner for Namibia, working to secure the independence of Namibia from the Republic of South Africa from 1977 to 1981.
Following the death of UN Commissioner for Namibia, Bernt Carlsson, on Pan Am Flight 103 on 21 December 1988, on the eve of the signing of the Tripartite Accord at the UN's headquarters, Ahtisaari was sent to Namibia in April 1989 as the UN Special Representative to head the United Nations Transition Assistance Group (UNTAG).