WINDHOEK: The University of Namibia (Unam)’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is holding a two-day research conference under the theme “20 Years and Beyond: Accomplishments and Future trends in social science research”. The conference, which started on Wednesday, is aiming to draw attention to various academic research projects which being carried out by students in that faculty.
In an interview with Nampa at the start of the conference, the Dean of the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty, Professor King Mchombu said the research projects were drawn from different disciplines such as sociology, health, languages, politics and business.
Thirty-four researches will be presenting papers on these topics during the two-day event. One of the research papers, which will be presented on Thursday, is to provide an evaluation of the psychosocial support to learners in the Oshana Education Region during the recent floods in those northern areas.
The study examines the type of psychosocial support provided to school-going children during and after floods, in order to assess their effectiveness of such support as well as the efficiency of the service delivery process. In 2011, the north and northeastern parts of Namibia experienced heavy flooding, said to be the worst in recent times.
The flooding devastated settlements, villages and schools, killing several people and displacing hundreds more. In some areas, school-going children were cut off from going to school for months because the water pans were full and impassable. Provision of psychosocial support is a practice and a child’s right, according to international conventions on natural disasters.
Such support helps communities and individuals to cope with their emotions and restore their well-being. Dr Simon Taukeni from the University of Namibia’s Hifikepunye Pohamba campus will present the research findings. Unam’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences currently has more than 2,000 students.