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