IMN launches robotics clubs and labs
IMN Tech, a leading Namibian educational organisation, is dedicated to providing cutting-edge training and skills development in STEM, encompassing robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), coding, electronics and the Internet of Things (IoT).
The initiative aligns with global education standards and aims to answer President Hage Geingob's call to revolutionise the way learners are taught in schools.
The education ministry has expressed its delight in supporting IMN Tech's objectives. With the changing educational landscape around the world, the ministry recognised the need for a paradigm shift in STEM education.
In 2022, a Fourth Industrial Revolution Task Force report identified a substantial skills gap, and IMN Tech's focus on AI, robotics, coding, IoT, electronics and mechanical design is considered as a strategic solution to bridge this divide.
As part of its commitment to digital transformation in schools, the ministry has earmarked N$30 million for the procurement of ICT hardware and software, targeting 42 secondary schools nationwide.
The move aims to enhance universal, inclusive digital learning and aligns with the National Conference on Education implementation plan.
Meanwhile, an additional budget of N$3.2 million has been allocated for smart interactive screens in schools that offer Advanced Subsidiary level. These investments signify the ministry's dedication to providing state-of-the-art technology infrastructure to learners, fostering an environment conducive to learning in the digital age.
STEAM education, which integrates science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, is recognised for its role in developing both cognitive and non-cognitive skills. IMN Tech's offer to enhance the STEAM curriculum development at no cost underscores its commitment to shaping a well-rounded educational experience for Namibian learners.
Geingob's call for a fundamental shift in education echoes the national agenda to increase technological skills and national capacity, aligning with Namibia's vision for a knowledge economy. The collaboration between the public and private sectors, exemplified by IMN Tech's initiative, reflects a united effort to achieve quality education, reduce inequalities and drive sustainable socio-economic development - in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
” I encourage more corporate players to invest in the education of young Namibians, to address the fourth industrial revolution [4IR] skills gap and drive our sustainable socioeconomic development,” education minister Ester Nghipondoka said.
As Namibia takes a leap into the future of STEM education, there is a shared responsibility among stakeholders, including the corporate sector, to invest in the education of young Namibians. This collective effort will not only address the 4IR skills gap, but also propel the nation towards a brighter, more innovative future, she said.