N$2.2m ICT teacher programme kicks off again
The second phase of the Namibia National Teachers Union’s (Nantu) information and communication technology (ICT) programme for teachers will commence in October.
The project, valued at N$2.2 million, will now work towards availing laptops worth N$4 000 to all union members. This was confirmed by a 19 September press statement.
Its priority will be 754 teachers across the country who have and will continue to receive training, with the statement adding that the teachers can buy the laptops “at a bargain price”.
“This will enable you to continue practising the skills you gained through this training in terms of literacy and integration in teaching and learning,” Nantu secretary-general Loide Shaanika said.
Phase one of the training started in early September and took about two weeks to complete.
During her keynote address at the launch of the project, Shaanika said the union learnt through other pilot projects that the fastest solution to ICT strengthening in schools is to “capacitate teachers with necessary ICT skills for them to comfortably execute their mandate”. “Nantu, in its responsive plan to Covid-19, has prioritised the need to provide capacity-building to its members in terms of training to upskill and reskill teachers in information technology,” she said. She added that once teachers are comfortably using ICT as a tool, they will be able to pass their enthusiasm on to their learners. Of the N$2.2 million, Nantu contributed N$1 million, while the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the European Union covered the rest.
A total of 54 teachers per region will benefit from the programme and will be divided into two groups: One with little to no knowledge of computers and the other with more experience with computers and ICT-related topics.
“The union is committed to using its limited resources to continue providing continuous professional development to its members and teachers in general,” Shaanika said.