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UNAM, WIS collaborate to promote work integrated learning

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Windhoek International School (WIS) and the University of Namibia (UNAM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote work-integrated learning. This MoU will allow education students to conduct practical teaching and gain international skills and knowledge at Namibia’s only […]

Windhoek International School (WIS) and the University of Namibia (UNAM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote work-integrated learning.

This MoU will allow education students to conduct practical teaching and gain international skills and knowledge at Namibia’s only school that offers an international curriculum for primary programmes and International Baccalaureate diplomas.

In a media statement issued on Monday, Ellen Namhila, UNAM Pro-Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, stated that the MoU speaks to the university’s core responsibilities, which are to educate and train young people to develop the nation across various sectors and to prepare global citizens.

“This collaboration will allow us to do things in a meaningful way and create the impact that we want the education system to have,” she explained.

According to UNAM Executive Dean of the School of Education, John Nyambe, the agreement is quite unique in that it taps into the international community within Namibia.

“This partnership ties in and stems from the School of Education’s internationalisation objective,” he said, noting that the school would normally partner with international institutions to meet this objective, but with this agreement, “we can access international expertise at home”.

WIS Director Ethan Van Drunen emphasised that the MoU will help pipeline teachers from UNAM to WIS for skill development and knowledge transfer.

“I hope that through this practicum and international fellowship, students will have a partner and master teacher to help guide them and identify as people who are willing to take risks and try new methods. We are looking forward to meeting UNAM students and learning from them,” said Van Drunen.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency