Education invests N$9 million in technology

81 public schools to benefit from this initiative

21 May 2021 | Onderwys
Enzo Amuele

The ministry of education, arts and culture has again invested in the Namibian child. The ministry has procured 91 smart interactive touch screens (86 inch) at a cost of N$9 million for all 81 public AS level schools.

At least 250 teachers are receiving training on how to use these smart interactive touch screens, which will be used to advance education through technology.

Johan Bester, an interactive educational specialist, says at these screens are very beneficial as they can transmit information on a high technological level.

In line with this initiative, teachers from various regions are receiving training in Windhoek on how to use these interactive screens.

Leon Husselmann, one of the teachers from M&K Gertze who is attending the training, said this initiative will be beneficial to learners and teachers alike.

“One needs to be fully prepared for these devices and therefore the training is of utmost importance for everyone, and we thank the ministry for this great project,” he said.

Preona Heyman, a teacher at Dr Lemmer High School, said the learning process is getting easier by the day.

“Having this sort of technology makes teaching very easy as you can interact with learners more efficiently. The interactive screen has so many benefits. I will utilise this interactive smart screen to maximise education,” she said.

Opening the training session, the ministry’s executive director, Sanet Steenkamp, said the ministry was excited about the new journey.

“We will ensure that teachers hone their professional skills, their teaching ability and literacy skills to find and use new content that is dependant on technology.”

Steenkamp said the disruption of the Namibian education system by the Covid pandemic was devastating but created an opportunity to reimagine education as a hybrid system.

“The ministry took a bold step by investing. The first thing we did was to get into a service agreement with Namibia Media Holdings for online classes by our teachers on a digital platform My Zone,” she said.

She added that the ministry would continue to invest in education.

Statistics

Steenkamp said 30 000 learners did not return to school when schools reopened, while 3 680 learners became pregnant during the lockdown.

According to Steenkamp, there are one billion children around the world who are still not in school because of the pandemic.

“If we talk about technology, 3.6 billion children still do not have access to internet connectivity. If we look at Namibia, we have a total number of 1 920 schools, catering for more than 800 000 learners. We have atleast 336 schools that do not have electricity,” she said.

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