On Monday the 24th of February 2014, the official launch of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2013/2014 took place. Dr. Qian TANG, UNESCO Assistant Director General of Education provided a comprehensive overview of the report. “This year’s Report, under the title Teaching and learning: Achieving quality for all, warns that without attracting and adequately training enough teachers the learning crisis will last for several generations and hit the disadvantaged the hardest,” Dr Qian TANG highlighted. In addition, the “Enhancing Teacher Education for Bridging the Education Quality gap in Sub Saharan Africa” was also launched under the Funds in Trust agreement between UNESCO and the Government of the People’s Republic of China.
The Report launch was honoured with the presence of the Honourable Minister of Education Dr David Namwandi, who invited one of the speakers the Junior Mayor of Windhoek, Ms Emma Theophilus to the stage following her insight on the report. He noted that the education system in Namibia must be doing something right as it has produced an excellent learner such as Ms Theophilus. He noted that the Namibian Government is the only Government in the World that spends close to twenty five percent of its national budget on education, emphasising the commitment of the government to Education.
A panel discussion was held whereby panellists responded to the motion of the global learning crisis and the role of policy in this crisis. The panel consisted of the Secretary General’s of the teachers union in Namibia, namely NANTU, the President of TUN, the Director of NIED as well as the Junior Mayor of the City of Windhoek, a learner from Khomas High School in Windhoek.
Other speakers who spoke during the official programme included the Dean of Faculty of Education from the University of Namibia, Dr Charmaine Villet, Ms Sandra van Zyl, Director, Higher Education, Ministry of Education as well as the Deputy Chief of Mission, People’s Republic of China, Mr Li Yigang.