The !Khawagas Science Project, a joint venture between Namdeb and Anglo American handed over science equipment worth N$800 000 to the Karas Regional Council last week.
The equipment that will benefit about 5 420 Grade 5-7 students included 32 science kits for 32 Government schools, lockable trolleys, and the installation of a complete science laboratory at the Schmelenville Combined School in Bethanie.
It also provides for the practical training of all Grade 5-7 science teachers in the Karas Region to enhance the quality of teaching in the subject.
According to Namdeb Chief Executive Officer, Inge Zaamwani- Kamwi, serious efforts are needed to enable every Namibian child access to quality eduction in well-equipped schools.
Zaamwani stressed that the new millenium was pushed in by an overwhelming technological revolution which calls for intervention in ways things are done.
“Our school curriculum should be interdisciplinary, integrated and hands on. Learners should be exposed as much as possible to practical examples and be given opportunities to apply their minds to practical issues.
“This means that the education experience must be project-based so that learners are able to think through problems and come up with solutions. We should not aim to produce learners that pass through grade to grade but can hardly analyse or articulate issues,” she argues.
She pointed out that educationists must guard against producing learners who are only designed to be ready for the workplace. It must be taken into consideration that there is a need to be responsive to the needs of the whole child as an indivual.
“It is [thus] our collective responsibility to ensure that the children passing through our education system (both at home and in the school) are well equipped and knowledgeable.
“After all, they are the future scientists and experts that will help solve our socio-economic challenges and help provide relevant solutions in our journey to Vision 2030,” she said.