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The establishment of a Namibian Digital Education Library promoted through a Needs Assessment

The Ministry of Education of Namibia in cooperation with the UNESCO office in Windhoek is hosting a meeting in Windhoek on the possibility to create a Digital Education Library on the 19th of August 2010.

Namibia is often cited as being well ahead of other African countries in terms of its utilization of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), commitment to ICTs and education, clear policy formation around ICTs and education and even its ICTs infrastructure. As envisioned by Vision 2030, Namibia has set the development goal of high quality education and training sector that prepares its learners to actively participate in a global “knowledge based economy” and transforms Namibia into a technology-driven nation. Recognizing that to achieve the social and economic development envisioned in Vision 2030 considerable resources and attention must be paid to the improvement of the education sector, Namibia has devised a fifteen year (2006-2020) Education Training Sector Improvement Plan (ETSIP) that recognizes the importance of ICTs across the education sector.

The stakeholder meeting will discuss the Open Learning Exchange needs analysis of the implementation of digital education library for Namibia as commissioned by the UNESCO Office in Windhoek and will set the agenda for future activities in establishing a Digital Education Library.

The needs assessment points out that in light of the prevailing contextual conditions, the educational environment, and the readiness to implement new strategies, this project ranks high as far as enabling factors that promote readiness for implementation. The existence of several complementary projects, strong governance structures bodies, detailed policy instruments, and the specific institutions with e-learning mandates further increases the ability for Namibia to successful implement this project.

UNESCO contributes towards implementation of the digital education library for Namibia in order to support Member States in developing strategies for using ICTs in knowledge acquisition and sharing.

File/document Digital Library Needs Assessment_FINAL REPORT.doc
Author(s) UNESCO Office in Windhoek
Source UNESCO Office in Windhoek
Website 1 (URL) UNESCO and ICT in Education
Website 2 (URL) Ministry of Education (Namibia)
Website 3 (URL) Open Learning Exchange
Editorial Contact: Jaco du Toit
- Email j.dutoit@unesco.org
Publication Date 17 Aug 2010
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