In order to contribute to the development of a competent and highly skilled productive human capital and to comprehend their national duty by empowering and nurturing the out –of-school youth and adults in preparing them for further studies, Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol) held a price giving ceremony to reward their top performing learners in the JSC and NSSC examinations for their efforts and hardwork.
Speaking on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MoEAC) Adelheid Awases Director of planning and Development at MoEAC state that distance education is well and alive and strongly dismisses the myth that institutions such as NAMCOL are dumping grounds of failure. “Institutions such as NAMCOL in fact are centres of second opportunities that are able to produce high calibre students and the learners whose achievements we are celebrating today have proven just that….,” Awases said.
She further added that an educated person is an asset of any country and in today’s world human capital is considered the best national resource.
“On one hand, you can explore better opportunities for yourself, and on the other hand, the entire nation would benefit from your work and contributions therefore the most important resource of a nation is its human-capital,” she said. Awases also state that education is the cornerstone of every individual’s development and growth and that it is also an indispensable tool for the sound establishment of a good future. “Let no one and nothing deter you in your journey to become a successful citizen, so that you can make a contribution to the success of this country, it all starts with the realisation of the importance of your school career….,” Awases explained.
Our ministry is one of the custodians of Education and Training in our country and will leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of their National Goal, with education we have the potential to fight poverty, unemployment, HIV/AIDS and general social decay in our communities, Awases said. Acting Director of NAMCOL Jan Nitscke that in 2016 NAMCOL enrolled more than 40 000 learners, whereby they are rewarding the excellent performing learners amongst the 40 000 that enrolled.
“In 2016, the college enrolled 44 328 learners in all its programmes, this figure includes 39 647 in Secondary Education,3425 in Tertiary Level Programmes, 304 in Technical Vocational Education and Training and 925 in Computer Courses,” Nitscke said. He further said that many of their learners are were repeaters in 2016, because they did not achieve well in their first attempt in the formal school. “However, learners what makes you unique is that you were able to re-route and make new plans or achieving your own goals, you are not held hostage by your past, nor were you imprisoned by negative thoughts of failure. I believe that you are happy today- a happiness that results from your excellent performance and we are happy for you,” he said.