International Literacy Day 2009 in NamibiaOn 8 September 2009 Namibia held its International Literacy Celebrations.
The main event for Namibia took place in Rundu in the Kavango region, but all other 12 regions organized the celebrations locally. For the Khomas region the event was held at the UN Plaza, Katutura in Windhoek.
The national celebration which is rotated annually among the regions took place in Rundu, Kavango Region in the north of Namibia. Invited guest included the Minister of Home Affairs, the Mayor of Rundu, a Member of Parliament, the Under-Secretary for Adult and Lifelong Learning, Ministry of Education, the Regional Director for Education, a local Fumu and Hompa (village chiefs), and UNESCO.
The celebration took place under the theme “Literacy for community participation in poverty reduction” and coincided with the conclusion of Adult Learners Week. A number of performances around the theme were given by groups of Adult learners. UNESCO delivered the Director-General’s speech and presented copies of the publication “The Global Literacy Challenge” to invited guests. The speech was well-received, as well as the publication.
On the same day a celebration also took place in Windhoek in the presence of the Honourable Governor of the Khomas region, Ms Sophia Shaningwa, who was the main speaker at the event and the DG’s speech was delivered by UNESCO. In the context of Adult Learners Week and the International Literacy Day Dr. Haaveshe Nekongo-Nielsen of UNESCO was invited to participate in a roundtable discussion on “Talk of the Nation” a Namibian Broadcasting Corporation television talk show on the theme: “Literacy for community participation in poverty reduction”. Other roundtable participants were the Chairperson of the Namibia Coalition for the UN Literacy Decade, Under-Secretary for Adult and Lifelong Learning and the Director of Adult Education.