New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Workshop for Education Managers

Close to a hundred education directors, principals and inspectors of various schools in the Kunene and Erongo regions are attending a three-day workshop hosted by the British Council on school leadership in Swakopmund.

The workshop is aimed at honing the management skills of leaders in Namibia's education system by exposing them to various management styles to enable them to manage Namibian schools better.

Speaking at the official opening of the workshop, the country director of the British Council, Dr Becky Ndjoze-Ojo, said the council has already hosted two very successful leadership workshops in the Khomas and Oshana regions, as part of the Connecting Classrooms initiative.

"So far, we have trained 300 leaders in education. This is the third and the last workshop for the Erongo and Kunene regions. All the other regions were covered during the previous two workshops," she said.

Ndjoze-Ojo said the British Council Namibia runs key British Council global programmes, which are the teaching of English language trainers and the Connecting Classrooms (CC) initiative.

Also speaking at the same event, the Governor of the Kunene Region, Josua //Hoebeb, applauded the British Council for taking the bold step of equipping workshop participants with skills that will allow them to manage their personnel and learners responsibly.

"Leaders must make important decisions without any hesitation if they expect change. They must forge a shared vision with their co-workers since this promotes collegial and collaborative relationships. They have to recognize that people in the organization are their greatest resources," //Hoebeb said.

He said workshops of this nature always place responsibility on individuals to go back to their respective institutions to implement and share what they have learned with their colleagues.

"It therefore tasks you to put what you have learned during the workshop into practice to ensure a positive change in your workplaces," //Hoebeb said.

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