The fifth International Policy Dialogue Forum is set to be hosted in Windhoek as from tomorrow (27th) till this Thursday (29th November).
Three years of global partnership to address the teachers’ challenges – three years from the 2015 EFA benchmark: Achievements and perspectives, is the theme under which the forum will be held.
Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, Alfred Ilukena, explains, Namibia is part of the international task force on teachers for Education for All (EFA), with the primary objective of co-ordinating global issues of teachers for EFA.
“This is to keep teachers on the political agenda and to support countries to address the need to develop appropriate policies, acquire the capacity to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate the necessary financial means,” Ilukena states.
The theme has been derived from what the achievement results have been reflecting on for the past three years of the task force’s existence. It also aims to make future projections by showing how to organise efficient collaborations for effectively addressing the teaching gaps.
The task force argues that the teacher deficit is a global problem; a threat for the realisation of the Education for All objectives and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG)
Namibia was voted as the host of the fifth forum during the last one held in India in May this year. The upcoming forum is meant to bring in 150 international delegates and 150 local delegates with the mission to deliberate on issues centred around policies for teachers.
This comes just after a teacher’s strike, which has lasted for over two weeks. The Education PS says the strike will also be discussed during the forum to find better solutions to improving teacher’s lives.
Ilukena adds, various topics concerning the development of the Namibian education will be discussed. Topics such as teachers’ education and professional development; teacher management and support; teacher monitoring and evaluation; teacher education and diversity; teacher education for vocational education as well as regional responses to teachers’ challenges will be on the menu.
The first international policy forum was held in Kenya, the second one in Jordan, the third one in Indonesia while the fourth forum was held this year in India.