(Above) Learners from the Da Palm Secondary School in Otjimbingwe received tuition from Teun Hanemaaijer, Mathematics Education Officer of the Rössing Foundation.
Rössing Foundation regards support for teachers very vital, as a single, wellequipped teacher is able to benefit up to 30 learners.
The Teachers’ support programmes are conducted either at a centre or through the outreach programme utilising the mobile unit on school support visits to rural areas.
During 2016, 645 teachers at the Arandis, Ondangwa and Tamariskia (Swakopmund) Education Centres received professional development support which included oneonone coaching, miniworkshops and co teaching at local schools.
Teachers from Arandis, Omaruru, Henties Bay, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay in Erongo Region; Fransfontein in Kunene Region; Omufituweelo in Omusati Region; Otjinene in Omaheke Region and Sikosinyana in Zambezi Region received support through the AZ reading programme, while also focussing on literature content, debating skills and borrowing of Science equipment.
Teachers were also trained in subjects content knowledge, as well as in the design and development of practical investigation worksheets, lesson planning and judging projects.
Since the reform of the national curriculum, some syllabi have been revised.
To that end, the Rössing Foundation as a partner to the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture through the National Institute for Education Development has cofacilitated the training of Mathematics teachers to prepare them for the implementation of the new syllabi.
Furthermore, the Foundation also participated in the review workshop for Sciences teachers on the new syllabi for Junior Secondary Certificate (grades 8 and 9) held in Swakopmund.
The teachers were trained in pedagogical content knowledge, designing and developing practical investigation worksheets, lesson planning, judging projects in the following regions: Erongo, Hardap, and Oshana regions. The support that was rendered to the regions was done in conjunction with Senior Education Officers in the different Directorates of Education.
The Rössing Foundation and the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture are currently busy finalising a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that aims to strengthen their partnership in education provision. The MoU will enable the Ministry to have an oversight in terms of the quality of training that the Foundation is providing to the Ministry’s regional eduction offices. It will also broaden the Foundation’s credibility and ability to support the Ministry in its endeavours to continuously improve education delivery to Namibian teachers and learners.
(Right) Learners from the Swakopmund Coastal High School conducted Science experiments at the Mobile Laboratory.