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Educational Transformation in Namibia

Over fifty guests gathered at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Westminster Hall, Palace of Westminster, London on Thursday, 26th May 2016 to hear Hon Professor Peter H Katjavivi, Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Namibia and Founding Vice-Chancellor of the University of Namibia and Dr Becky Ndjoze-Ojo, Deputy Minister of Education talk about education reform in Namibia over the past twenty five years.

Namibia now allocates more than 20% of its national  budget  to  education. This represents 6 to 7 percent of Namibia's total GDP, thus making Namibia  one of the three  countries with the highest  percentage  of GDP directed towards education in the  world.
 
Today, as a result of this investment, there are a total of 1,723 schools, of which 1,604 are government schools and 119 are private schools. However, there is still a shortage of schools, particularly in rural areas, as well as a need for more classrooms in existing schools, and for more and improved hostel accommodation for boarders. The vast size of  the country makes provision of schools for all communities a technical and financial challenge.

Click HERE for the full transcript of Peter Katjavivi's speech


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