Namibia supports the strategic objective of developing education systems to foster holistic quality lifelong learning opportunities.
This was said by Minister of Education Dr David Namwandi during the recent 37th session of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) General Conference in Paris, France, on Friday.
“My delegation equally supports a right-based approach to education, quality education and equity in education. Namibia further supports empowering learners to be creative thinkers and responsible global citizens at all times,” he said.
According to Namwandi, there is a need for a paradigm shift in the manner in which curricula are designed.
“For Namibia, the salvation lies in exposing young people to vocational and technical training. Education must generate wealth and work for the nations of the world.”
Namwandi pointed out many developing countries, sub-Saharan Africa included, lag behind in achieving all the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Education for All (EFA) goals.
He urged MDGs and EFA goals to start setting the post-2015 development agenda.
“Unesco, being a specialised agency of the United Nations system, should provide resolute leadership in the preparations and implementation of a post-2015 development agenda in its fields of competence. Regarding the content of a post-2015 development agenda, Namibia is of the opinion equitable quality lifelong learning for all, education for sustainable development, gender equality, culture as an enabler of poverty eradication and sustainable development, water management and water security and issues affecting the youth should be at the core of such a development agenda,” he concluded.