GOBABIS: Adult Learners’ Week was officially launched in the Omaheke Region on Monday, culminating in the official handing-over of the symbolic Adult Education Torch to representatives of the Regional Council here.
The torch was received by the Chairperson of the Omaheke Regional Council, Ignatius Gariseb on behalf of Regional Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua.
Leading the delegation which handed over the torch from the Omaheke education directorate was the Regional Director for Education, Natalia Goagoses, who paid tribute to adult learners whom she said have taken it upon themselves to prove that learning never stops.
Goagoses said through such efforts, Namibia is now celebrating two decades of the successful implementation of adult education and literacy programmes.
“Education allows people to overcome bad social and economic problems in the country by making them alert regarding poverty, child labour and birth control methods, amongst others.
Education and knowledge is the only light of hope that can help even the poor to renew their financial condition, and get them out of severe situations,” she added.
Goagoses said the ministry has noticed that some Adult Upper Primary Education learners were courageous enough to go through the Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL), and passed their Grade 10 examinations.
“It is such commitment and determination that has touched the hearts of the Ministry of Education’s leadership to do something about this matter.
To date, preparations are underway to link the Adult Upper Primary Education graduates, other Grade 7 school-leavers and marginalised youth to NAMCOL through a Bridging Year Programme to be introduced in 2013,” she noted.
Whilst conceding that much still needs to be done to eradicate illiteracy in the region, Omaheke has been making steady progress towards such goal.
The torch will tour all 13 regions, ending at the Opuwo Sports Stadium in the Kunene Region, where the main celebration on International Literacy Day will be held on Saturday.
The torch came from the Hardap Region, and will be leaving for the Erongo Region on Tuesday.
The country theme for this year’s celebration of Adult Learners’ Week is “Celebrating 20 years of quality adult learning in Namibia”.