Mobile Education

National Mobile Outreach Programme


The Rössing Foundation’s Mobile Laboratory completed its second, highly successful year, visiting 21 schools in five regions and providing support to rural schools in English, Mathematics and Science subjects. A total of 12,788 learners, 455 teachers and ten Education Officers were supported during the 2017, a remarkable achievement.

The main purpose of the introduction of the Mobile Laboratory is to cater for schools that cannot easily access the Rössing Foundation’s Education Centres in Arandis, Ondangwa and Tamariskia due to their remote locations and the high costs of transport.

As a result, teachers and learners in many rural schools miss out on the valuable opportunities offered by these programmes.

The Mobile Laboratory was initiated as a method to expand Rössing Foundation’s reach to outlying schools in support in English language training, Mathematics, and the Sciences.

Ondiiye Primary School in Kunene Region

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The Rössing Foundation has donated books to the Ondiiye Primary School in support of education development and delivery to the community. The Rössing Foundation has also corroborated with the ACS Namibia Project, a charity organisation based in the UK which sponsored some basic needs of 26 learners at the school. Each learner received a tracksuit, a pair of shoes and eating utensils.

 

 

With sponsorship from Nedbank Namibia, a mobile unit was purchased and equipped with materials that supports teaching and learning of various subjects.

During 2017, the Mobile Laboratory visited 21 schools in the Erongo, Kavango West, Omaheke, Oshana and Kunene regions to support rural schools in English, Mathematics and Science subjects.

In 2017, a total of 12,788 learners, 455 teachers and ten education officers of the Ministry of Education, Art and Culture were supported through the programme by 23 of Rössing Foundation’s Education Officers and 13 Senior Education Officers of the Ministry of Education, Art and Culture. Each school received support for a full week. The support is ongoing and provided at a distance until face-to-face support can be renewed in 2018.

It was worth mentioning that the Gustav Kandjii Secondary School in Otjinene, Omaheke Region, arranged an extra visit by the Mobile Laboratory for their learners at its own cost. The cost included transport, accommodation and meals for the supporting team. The school achieved the best results in the Omaheke Region at the Junior Secondary Certifcate examination in 2017.


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The Mobile Laboratory provided support to 21 schools in five regions, during which 12,788 learners were exposed to classes in English, Mathematics and the Sciences.

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    Positive Observations

  • A team of Senior Education Officers from the Directorate of Education, Arts and Culture worked with the Rössing Foundation team and staff of the schools. Collectively, the teams contributed to successful school support intervention in all regions.
  • Support from the Directors of Education and Senior Education Officers of English, Mathematics and Sciences strengthened the implementation of set plans during the visits.
  • Learners are generally well-behaved, enthusiastic and eager to learn.
  • Most teachers continued to show enthusiasm and shared contact details with the visiting teams to facilitate continued support.

 

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  • School management teams played vital role in ensuring that planned activities are carried out in the schools.
  • Observations of Concern

  • Implementation of lessons learned by teachers continues to be lacking. School managers are advised to employ monitoring mechanisms to ensure that lessons learned are not only shared with the rest of the teaching staff, but also implemented, especially during teachers’ classroom activities.
  • Teachers, as well as most schools, do not network with one another within or between schools in order to learn and share best practices.
  • Learners should be given appropriate exercises to help them master presented content.

 

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