Unesco and Namibia to strengthen cooperation

08 Jun 2013 05:30
WINDHOEK, 08 JUN (NAMPA) - The Namibian Government has expressed its wishes to strengthen its cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) in various areas.
A joint communiqué signed by the acting Minister of Education, Bernhard Esau and Unesco Director-General (DG) Irina Bokova at the end of her two-day official visit to Namibia here on Friday said these areas include social inclusion, gender equality and human rights, while emphasising policy development and capacity-building in programmatic and thematic areas.
It includes education, where Unesco and Namibia will in particular focus on the acceleration of progress towards the achievement of the Education for All (EFA) and relevant Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) before the target year of 2015, while supporting the addressing of new education challenges and needs for a new global education agenda for sustainable development.
Specific areas would among others include early childhood care and education, technical and vocational education and training, as well as higher education including teacher education, it added.
The two will also work on the Education Management Information System (EMIS) and training of education planners to enhance evidence-based policy making and education for sustainable development.
Under natural sciences, the two parties will work on supporting science, technology and innovation policy development to enhance sustainable and equitable access to, and utilisation of, natural resources and renewable as well as alternative sources of energy.
Further areas of cooperation, according to the joint communiqué, will focus on cooperating in the implementation of the Consolidated Plan of Action for Science and Technology Development in Africa including geological sciences, the development of biosphere reserves and water management, and disaster risk reduction and management.
On culture, Namibia and Unesco will focus on effective implementation of the culture conventions' provisions which Namibia has ratified, as well as introduction of the outstanding conventions aimed at promoting the role of culture, culture heritage and diversity, as well as creativity in sustainable development, peace and poverty alleviation, it added.
Further areas to be concentrated on are the safeguarding and management of cultural heritage, the promotion and fostering of creativity, and the diversity of cultural expressions and the development of dynamic cultural and creative industries for inclusive, social and economic development.
They will also support the development of community and other media and promoting universal access to information and knowledge, media literacy as well as freedom of expression, press freedom, strengthening of media training institutions and continuous training of media professionals.
The communiqué noted that Bokova ?took note of the areas of cooperation highlighted by the Government of the Republic of Namibia and expressed the readiness of the organisation, within the framework of the wider cooperation with the international community, including the United Nations System in Namibia, to provide technical support within the context of its domains of competence as well as to assist in mobilising partnerships to that end.?