Bank Windhoek has poured in a total of N$191 550 into the coffers of the Namibian Mathematics Institution as the bank continues with its ambitions of strengthening mathematics education at schools in Namibia.
Over the past five years, Bank Windhoek has embarked on various initiatives to support mathematics teachers at all levels, such as supplying many schools with special mathematics kits, developed by the Namibia Mathematics Institute to support mathematics education at primary and secondary school level.
In a media statement that was distributed last Tuesday, the bank affirmed its dedication to the cause that will see over 65 high school and 40 grade seven teachers being trained.
“Bank Windhoek has over the years supported various initiatives to strengthen Mathematics Education at schools and is therefore sponsoring N$191 550 to the Namibian Mathematics Institute to train 65 high school and 40 Grade 7 Mathematics teachers in the Caprivi region this year.
“Last year, 80 Grade 10 and 12 Mathematics teachers from the Caprivi region received training in Mathematics content and didactical training, also through the support of Bank Windhoek,” read the release.
NMI was established shortly after independence in 1990 in an attempt to improve Mathematics Education in Namibia. The organisation focused on learner support programmes in its earlier years, but later changed its focus to teacher upgrading.
“Over the past seven years, Bank Windhoek has generously invested in the NMI and its projects to support the Namibian government in strengthening Mathematics Education in Namibian schools. As can be observed through the national Grade 12 examination results, a lot still need to be done to improve Mathematics results in our schools,” said Pieter Erwee, Director of the Namibian Mathematics Institute.
“Bank Windhoek is impressed with the results of the NMI projects. There has been an improvement in the results of learners in classes of teachers that went through the NMI training. However, the biggest challenge according to many teachers is to get learners interested in the subject as they have a negative attitude towards Mathematics. We have trust in the NMI in making a difference and changing the attitudes and perception of Mathematics in Education,” said Riaan van Rooyen, Head: Corporate Communication and Social Investment at Bank Windhoek.
The Namibian Government recognised the importance of Mathematics Education through the introduction of Mathematics as a compulsory promotional subject from Grade 1 to Grade 12 in all Namibian government schools last year.