Sanlam Namibia Holdings last week donated N$30 000 to the school leadership workshop for the Kunene and Erongo education regions.
The workshop is aimed at strengthening school leaders and exposing them to various management styles, to enable them run schools as businesses while providing them with necessary tools to do so.
Group CEO, Tertius Stears, decided to support the programme because it takes leadership in the education sector to a higher level, which will then position it as a tool for economic growth.
“Education is the backbone of development for any country. Investment in human capital is one of the most effective means of stimulating long-term economic growth and improving general welfare. Moreover, the leadership skills, competences and performance of the leaders in the education sector will have a huge impact on the overall performance, outcomes and results of the whole sector, which is why we find this initiative that follows the national conference on education that took place this year, very appropriate and a course deserving our full support, ” he said.
The upcoming workshop is part of three workshops run under the ‘connecting classrooms’ initiative of the British Council (BC) Namibia. The first of the three workshops was held in Khomas Region and covered the Otjozondjupa Region as well. The second one was in the Oshana Region covering Oshana, Oshikoto, Omusati, Ohangwena and Okavango. So far, 300 leaders in education sector have been trained, according to the country director, Dr Becky Ndjoze- Ojo.
About 100 delegates in the same field are expected at the Kunene and Erongo workshops.
The British Council Namibia runs key British Council Global Programmes among them, the English Language teaching (ELT) and Connecting Classrooms (CC) under which school leadership training workshops are organised.
Stears stressed that Sanlam Namibia Holdings takes pride in partnering with British Council by supporting its initiative. He further urged other companies to take part in the initiative’s success; “Sanlam Namibia Holding takes cognisance of the fact that Namibia’s development backlog is immense and that it will take the combined efforts of Government, business people and the civil society to implement considered, focused and sustainable initiatives to improve the well-being of all sectors of society.”
Acknowledging the donation, Dr Ndjoze-Ojo recognised the fact that Sanlam Namibia Holdings responded fast to their call for a sponsor to partner with for the success of the initiative.