New Era (Windhoek)

30 January 2013

Namibia: Learning Centre Renders Good Service

Warmbad — Community learning and development centres (CLDCs) are the central points of information, research and monitoring of socio-economic development.

These centres can in fact better be described as the physical place which is the home of the various developmental programmes and service providers. One such centre in Namibia's 13 regions, is here in this small settlement some 270 kilometres south of Keetmanshoop. The CLDC in conjunction with the Namibian Open Learning Network (NOLNET) offers a variety of services to the Warmbad community, and surrounding areas as well to by-passers especially tourists at times. Services on hand include telephone usage, fax, photocopying, computer usage, internet access and printing. Internet and computer usage is completely free and all other services are charged at very low affordable prices.

The Acting Co-coordinator of the Centre, Jenifer Vries, is quite happy with the manner in which the public utilises the centre, particularly Namcol students who are regular visitors. "CLDC's were intended to be a hub for implementing social development for programmes among the communities, something our centre is busy achieving," affirms Vries. The community learning and development centres are established in all 13 administrative regions of the country to promote lifelong learning and to support local development initiatives. These centres are located in the rural areas where individuals and organisations can use the resources available and acquire services. Existing government and community infrastructure will be utilised by the centres' to serve as community meeting points and places for interaction between the beneficiaries and the service providers.

The CLDC here hosts a conference room, literacy class, computer room and reading room. Self sustainability is what the centre is aiming for planning thus to introduce fundraising activities to generate funds. A wide range of integrated services are furthermore envisaged soonest. These services consist of education, health and social services, entertainment, communication and information as well as a day care centre. The well-looked after building, which is hosting the Warmbad CLDC office, was officially inaugurated on September 25, 2009 by the former governor of the Karas Region, Dawid Boois.

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