Namibian colleges get video equipment
According to a press release from USAID this week, the four colleges, Caprivi, Rundu, Ongwediva and Windhoek, will each receive a video camera and video play back system that includes a large screen monitor. “Video equipment is a vital feature of teacher training in that it provides a means of capturing and viewing classroom instruction conducted by both teacher educators at the colleges and student teachers in primary school classrooms. The video tapes are then used to reflect on instructional practice, review teaching strategies, develop useful and appropriate learner assessment tools, and then design improvements to ensure more effective teaching and learning in the colleges and schools, ” the press release stated. The equipment is part of the Basic Education Support (BES) Project, Phase 3 (BES 3) teacher educator professional development program implemented in conjunction with NIED and supported by a group of teacher training experts from the Mississippi Consortium for International Development (MCID). A series of site based teacher educator seminars is being conducted by the MCID team, NIED officers, and the BES3 team. Rundu college of education has since benefited from the teacher training equipment. It was handed over to the Regional education officer Fanuel Kapapero and the Vice Rector of the college, Matilda Sihako by Liman Muhammed, the BES 3 project’s Deputy Chief of Party at a ceremony witnessed by teacher educators and student teachers at the college. Gary Newton, the Director of the USAID Mission to Namibia, will hand over the equipment at Windhoek College of Education on the afternoon of Monday 19 January at the College. Senior Ministry of Education officials will be present to receive the video equipment on behalf of the colleges.