SWAKOPMUND: Deputy Minister of Education David Namwandi has called on Open and Distance Learning (ODL) practitioners and researchers to develop initiatives which would assist governments in addressing challenges experienced in education systems.
Namwandi extended this call during the opening ceremony of the 47th Distance Education Association of Southern Africa (DEASA) conference here on Friday.
The three-day conference is being held under the theme ‘Promoting Advocacy for Open and Distance Learning in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region’.
This is the third time Namibia hosts the event, which is being attended by representatives from a number of 13 SADC states.
The deputy minister said governments in different regions have made good progress and laid a solid foundation by achieving goals improving learning outcomes and the quality of education, to which ODL has made an immense contribution.
He said it is now up to the practitioners to turn the SADC into a centre of excellence for ODL, adding that governments look upon the practitioners to experiment and develop approaches that can help governments address the challenges experienced in education sectors.