IOL Ongwediva students graduate

05 Apr 2019 06:30am
ONGWEDIVA, 05 APR (NAMPA) – Oshana Deputy Director of Education, Gerhard Ndafenongo says school children need a teacher who will change their lives, uplift and give them confidence to act as an equal to anyone else in the world.
Ndafenongo said this whilst officiating at the 2019 graduation ceremony of the Ongwediva Centre of the Institute for Open Learning (IOL) here on Thursday.
“Teaching is not a walk in the park, but a continual struggle to create opportunities for success and improve livelihoods,” he stated.
He reminded the teacher graduates that teaching is a calling and a very demanding career that requires critical thinking and a love for children.
“Come in to make a difference and not only because the profession is easily accessible or because of a good salary,” Ndafenongo urged.
He went on to say the Namibian nation is built on a commitment to education, as per the first section of Article 20 of the country’s Constitution which guarantees all citizens the right to education.
Ndafenongo also encouraged Namibians to uphold their constitutional obligation “by striving to study further and further to ensure the nation is knowledge-based to be able to define and direct its own destiny”.
IOL Head of Education, Ilana Calitz told the graduation gathering her institute this year honours 466 graduates of which 250 are from the Ongwediva Centre.
She encouraged the graduates to study further no matter how slow they go.
“Education is a lifelong journey; do not close the chapter on learning with this ceremony,” Calitz said.
The graduates’ training courses included a Diploma in Education, Bachelor of Education: Senior Primary, Advanced Certificate in Secondary Education, Advanced Certificate in Senior Primary Education, Diploma: Junior Primary Education and Diploma: Pre-Primary Education.