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Education in Southern Africa

UNESCO has been working with its Member States as well as in collaboration with other United Nations system agencies and other development partners to address education which is central to all its programmes and activities.

Education is one of UNESCO’s principal fields of activities. Since its creation in 1945, the Organization has worked to improve education worldwide believing it to be key to social and economic development.

The Organization aims to help build a sustainable world with just societies that value knowledge, promote peace, celebrate diversity and defend human rights, achieved by providing Education for All (EFA).

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The 32nd conference of the Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa (EEASA) is scheduled to take place at University of Namibia (UNAM) from the 9th to the 12th September 2014. The EEASA conference is a very important annual event in the field of Environmental Education (EE) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Southern Africa. It has over the years proved to be a very useful forum for EE/ESD practitioners from diverse backgrounds in Southern Africa and outside the continent to share ideas, reflect on their practices and improve EE/ESD in the region. The conference organization is coordinated by the University of Namibia (UNAM) as lead and host institution, the Namibia Environmental Education Network (NEEN); the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET); the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture (MYNSSC); the Ministry of Education (MoE) and UNESCO.

The theme of this year’s conference is: “Reflections on the current and emerging ESD issues and practices informing the post DESD framework programme’’.
Environmentalists, educationists, researchers, and interested individuals are invited to attend the conference on the above mentioned dates.

The registration fees include EEASA membership, standard accommodation, welcome reception, conference materials, airport transfers, local transport, tea/coffee, lunch, theme and conference dinner. Late registration ends on 29th August 2014. More

EREO_EN_Logo_RGB web.jpg.jpg22 Jul 2014 REGIONAL CELEBRATION OF THE GLOBAL ACTION WEEK Equal Right, Equal Opportunity – Khomas Region, 17th July 2014
UNESCO participated with the Ministry of Education and Regional Council in launching Global Action Week at Eldorado Secondary School in Windhoek. The theme was dedicated to Education and Disability, and the Khomas Governor, Honourable Ms L. Mcleod-Katjirua, delivered the key note address, expressing her emotions of gratitude for being able to attend such an important event and underlining the importance of Education for All, and the Government’s commitment in achieving the right to quality education for all the children of Namibia. More

EREO_EN_Logo_RGB web.jpg.jpg22 Jul 2014 NATIONAL CELEBRATION OF THE GLOBAL ACTION WEEK Equal Right, Equal Opportunity – Katima Mulilo, 14th July 2014
UNESCO participated in the national celebration of the annual Global Action Week (GAW) on Education for All (EFA) in Namibia. This annual campaign took place during the week of the 14th to the 18th July. It was organized by Ministry of Education with the focus on the theme “Education and Disability” under the slogan “Equal Right, Equal Opportunity”. More

09 Apr 2014 CALL FOR CONSULTANT:Evaluation of the OSISA/UNESCO project on advancing Education For All (EFA) in the Southern Africa Region.
The OSISA/UNESCO project “Advancing Education For All (EFA) in the Southern Africa Region” is based on the recommendations of the EFA Conference held in Johannesburg in February 2005, convened by the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), World Education Initiative (WEI) and UNESCO. The conference was attended by members of the public sector as well as civil society organizations pursuing education issues.
The main objective of this assignment is to undertake the evaluation of the OSISA/UNESCO project on Advancing Education For All (EFA) in the Southern Africa Region. This evaluation was foreseen to be commissioned by UNESCO in consultation with OSISA four months following completion of the project. This evaluation will assess the overall performance of the project including the projects’ main achievements, shortcomings and gaps, as well as recommendations for a roadmap on future collaboration between OSISA and UNESCO in the field of EFA.
The consultant will be a specialist in the Education sector. The consultant will be provided with all the country activity reports from the project, as well as the contact details of the relevant project partner institutions at national level. The consultant will also be provided with the progress reports submitted by UNESCO to OSISA. The consultant will provide the findings of the project evaluation to the UNESCO Windhoek Education Team. More

13 Sep 2013 Celebrations of the International Literacy Day in Mariental, Hardap region, Namibia
On 8 September 2013, as for more than 40 years now, UNESCO celebrated literacy as the foundation of all learning on International Literacy Day around the globe. “Literacy for enlarging livelihood opportunities” served as Namibia’s national theme and of course also in Namibia this day could not possibly go unnoticed. The latter especially since the country had more than one thing to celebrate for and be proud of. More

12 Jul 2012 Global Action Week (GAW) on Education For All (EFA) celebration in Lesotho 2012 UNESCO Office Windhoek
The Global Action Week (GAW) on Education for All (EFA) Week is a major annual event commemorated in the ten districts of Lesotho since 2002, and led by the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET). For this year, in line with the internationally designated theme: “Rights from the Start! Early Childhood Care and Education NOW”, the Department of Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD), together with the major stakeholders, organized the activities of the GAW which started on 13 May and ended on the 18 May 2012. More

06 Mar 2012 Nepal, South Africa and Venezuela to receive UNESCO-Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum education prize UNESCO
The Rato Bangala Foundation (Nepal), the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Schools Enrichment Centre (South Africa) and the Banco del Libro (Venezuela) will be awarded the UNESCO-Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers. The ceremony that will take place in Dubai in April. More

10 Dec 2011 UNESCO recruits National Programme Officers on HIV and AIDS in Angola UNESCO Office Windhoek
Closing date for receiving applications for Angola 26 February 2012. More

442c64e337.jpg05 Oct 2011 Message from the Heads of UNESCO, UNDP, UNICEF, ILO and Education International on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day, 5 October 2011 UNESCO
Today, on World Teachers’ Day, we honour the millions of educators all over the world who devote their lives to teaching children, youth and adults. More

Finance_thbn.jpg27 Apr 2011 Education investment jump in Sub-Saharan Africa pays dividends with more children in school than ever says UNESCO report UNESCO
Sub-Saharan African countries increased their real expenditure on education by more than 6% each year over the past decade, according to a new report published by UNESCO. Yet despite these investments, many countries in the region are still a long way from providing every child with a good quality primary education. More

07 Mar 2011 Consultancy for ESTIP Sub-sector program review: Higher Education UNESCO Office Windhoek
Closing date for the submission is 24 March 2011 More

07 Mar 2011 Consultancy for ESTIP Sub-sector program review: Adult Education UNESCO Office Windhoek
Closing date for the submission is 24 March 2011 More

07 Feb 2011 Sharing knowledge on quality of education in Africa IIEP
IIEP hosted the 2nd International Exchange Meeting between SACMEQ and PASEC (24-25 January 2011) More

23 Sep 2010 Millennium Development Goals cannot be achieved without education says UNESCO Director-General UNESCO
“If we want to make development sustainable, we have to invest in education,” UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova told participants at a high-level brainstorming session held during the Millennium Development Goals Summit in New York on Wednesday 22 September. More

21 Sep 2010 World leaders and experts meet to raise the profile of education on the development agenda UNESCO
NEW YORK, 21 September 2010 – A brainstorming session to examine ways to make the case for education by showing its powerful impact on all Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will be held on 22 September, as world leaders gather in New York to review progress on the MDGs. More

01 Sep 2010 UNESCO Recruitment for an Assistant Programme Specialist in Education under and Appointment for Limited Duration UNESCO Office in Windhoek
Post Title: Assistant Programme Specialist in Education
Duration: 9 months (with a possibility of extension), starting October 15, 2010
Deadline for submission of candidatures: September 21, 2010 More

efa 2010.jpg10 Aug 2010 2010 Global Action Week (GAW) on Education For All (EFA) UNESCO Office in Windhoek
Every year, the International Global Action Week (GAW) is used by UNESCO and partners as an opportunity to galvanize support for the achievement of the six Education For All (EFA) goals. This year’s theme focused on “financing quality public education: a right for all”. More

Caprivi Camps Schools.jpg13 Jan 2010 Lessons Learned in Emergency Preparedness – Educational Flood Response & Shared Good Practices (Caprivi, Namibia 19 to 21 January 2010) UNESCO Office in Windhoek
Capacity development through integrated education, training and public awareness programmes for school principals in the Caprivi Region to enable culture of disaster risk reduction among stakeholders in Namibia. More


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