Monthly Archives: March 2015

Reader of the Week – Frans Lukas

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Frans Lukas, Library Prefect, Grade 11, 16 years old

Mother Tongue: Nyemba

What do you love about books?

I love reading because it helps me kill time and bring my imagination to life.

What is your favourite book or author and why?

James Patterson because he writes thrillers. My favourite book by him is 1st to Die.

What inspires or interests you to read books?

I’m inspired by a lot of things. Some books are better than others.

What kind of books do you like to read and why?

Thrillers. They are full of suspense and mystery til the very end which I find interesting.

What are some of your goals and dreams?

My goal is to finish high school and move onto college. My dream is to become an architect because I like trying ot use my creativity.

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Teacher of the Week – Vera Clarke

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Name–   Mrs. V. V Clarke

Tribe and Mother Tongue – Baster speaking Afrikaans

Where are you from in Namibia? How long have you lived in Rundu? I am from Rehoboth. I am now staying in Rundu for 10 years.

Grade and subjects you teach– I am teaching Afrikaans and Home Economics for grade 8 and Economics for grade 12 learners. I am also Head of Department.

How long have you been a teacher? I am a teacher for 14 years.

What inspired you to become a teacher in Namibia? – I always wanted to be a teacher since I was small. All my teachers inspired me to become a teacher as well.

What do you think are some of the challenges of being an educator and education in Namibia?–  Lack of discipline in school is a big concern for me.

If you weren’t a teacher, what would you be doing? I would probably be working in a big business with the Human Resource Department.

Who was your most influential teacher and why?

It was my accounting teacher. She was very hard working and dedicated to her profession.

When you’re not teaching, lesson preparing or marking, what do you like to do for fun?

I like to spend time with my family playing games or watching T.V.

What has been your best teaching moment?

I have had many learners coming to me and thanking me for what I have done for them and the effort that I did put in.

Why do you enjoy working with youth?

I enjoy working with the youth. They are like and undiscovered island just waiting to be explored.  I love the way youth think and reason. The way they look and feel about life itself.

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Learner of the Week – Klaudia David

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Klaudia David, 16 years old, grade 8

What is your tribe/mother tongue?

Oshiwambo

What is your favourite thing about school?

I like to read, learn and write.

Who lives with you at your house? What are some of the chores you have to do at home?

My sister. I always clean the house.

What would you like people in America to know about your country, Namibia?

My country is beautiful.

What are some of your goals and dreams? What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be a good person. I want to become a teacher.

What is your favourite thing about your culture and Namibia?

Anything you could want is here. I also love my Oshiwambo culture group.

Who is your hero and why?

My mother because she can take care of me and she gives me things I need.

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Reader of the Week – Stephanie Steyn

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Stephanie Steyn, Library Prefect, Grade 12, 17 years old

Mother Tongue: English

Tribe/Cultural Background: Afrikaner and Indian

What do you love about books?

Books give me an opportunity to see things in a different perspective. They also allow me to learn new things.

What is your favourite book or author and why?

My favourite book is Guardian Angel. I like this book because it portrays an example of what a true friend really is. It also portrays great values.

What inspires or interests you to read books?

Books are like a door to another life. They allow you to live your life and the life of the main characters at the same time.

What kind of books do you like to read and why?

I mostly like reading drama, romance and horror boks. They teach me new ways to overcome my fears.

What do you want people in America to know about Namibia?

Namibia is a very beautiful country. It may not be very developed, but it is one of the few clean countries in Africa, and it has some of the best people someone would ever want to know.

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Reader of the Week – Uyama Uaisako

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Uyama Uaisako, Library Prefect, Grade 8, 13 years old

Mother tongue – Herero

What do you love about books?

Books make me feel like I’m watching television, only this television is good for me. When I read I can imagine the most amazing things about the story. It’s fantastic!

What is your favourite book or author and why?

My favourite author is Frank Perreti. He is amazing because he reminds us about life lessons with a little scary stuff in his stories.

What inspires or interests you to read books?

When I pick a book I know that I can learn something from each book that I read. Books help us with lessons, information and more.

What kind of books do you like to read and why?

Fiction. Fiction is all about imaginary things that you can make up from your head. All the colours and things that you want come alive in fiction.

What do you want people in America to know about Namibia?

People in America think of African countries as dry, dirty and very black. But Namibia is an amazing place with colours, love and amazing features that will make you want to marry this wonderful land.

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Learner of the Week – Tracy Livingi

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Tracy Livingi, 13 years old, grade 8

What is your tribe/mother tongue?

Sambyu

What is your favourite thing about school?

My favourite thing about school is when we are asked to investigate on something.

Who lives with you at your house? What are some of the chores you have to do at home?

I live with my parents and my siblings. I have to cook at home.

What would you like people in America to know about your country, Namibia?

I want them to know we have amazing physical features in Namibia.

What are some of your goals and dreams? What do you want to be when you grow up?

My goal is to pass grade 8 with high marks. I would like to become a doctor and my dream is world peace.

What is your favourite thing about your culture and Namibia?

My favourite thing about Namibia is that we are given freedom. My favourite thing about my culture is our dances. They amuse me so much.

Who is your hero and why?

My hero is Nelson Mandela. After being locked up in prison for many years without any good reason, he still had the courage to forgive the people who put him in jail and he won a Nobel Prize.

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COSDEC Handover Ceremony

This post is a bit belated but represented an important day in my service: the official handover ceremony between the Millennium Challenge Account – Namibia and COSDEF/COSDEC on 8 October 2014. COSDEC Tukurenu in Rundu was honored to be the host of this event which featured dignitaries from Namibian local, regional and national government as well as diplomats from the United States.

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COSDEC stands for the Community Skills Development Centre. Our mandate is to train out-of-school youth and other community members in trades so they can find employment or start their own businesses. COSDEF is our foundation and central office in Swakopmund.

From the MCA-N wesbite:
The MCA Namibia Compact, providing grant funding for public investments in Education, Tourism and Agriculture (livestock and indigenous natural products),was signed on 28 July 2008 between the Republic of Namibia and the US Government, acting through the MCCAn amount of US$304.5 million will be available for development in the target sectors, over and above current Government allocations and assistance from other development partners.

The Goal of Namibia’s MCA Compact is to reduce poverty through economic growth in the Education, Tourism and Agriculture sectors.

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Some of our trainees line up to welcome the guests.

A major beneficiary of this donation was COSDEC/CODEF. Many COSDECs around Namibia received brand new centres, including the centre in Rundu. Other centres received additional training facilities, tools and equipment. Since moving to the new facility and receiving equipment, COSDEC Tukurenu has doubled the number of trades offered to eight. It has also allowed us to serve more trainees in our existing courses. As an example, we increased the number of office administration students from 40 to 80.

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On the right is COSDEC Tukurenu Centre Manager Clemence Kafuro holding the MCA plaque that is now viewed by all visitors as they enter our administrative building.

All of the centre managers from the various COSDECs around the country attended the ceremony. Other dignitaries attending included COSDEF founder and Chairman Hon. Nahas Angula (He is also the former Prime Minister and Education Minister) and U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, John Kowalski.

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The VIP table and other attendees of the ceremony.

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The COSDEC choir performed original music at the ceremony.

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Cultural performance group in traditional Kavango dress.

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From left, a representative from MCA-N, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires John Kowalski and U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Joshua Shusko.

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