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 • ARE we in a free country or are we just pretending to be? There are some people crying for freedom but we Namibians are denying them that. I am a born-free. Twenty-four years are not enough to start another war. Government, you are there to protect and
 • CAN someone tell this nation the grades of those 80 girls who took part in the Olufuko Festival? How many ministers, directors and other highly respected leaders in our society allowed their children to be initiated? The Namibian, just investigate five
 • IT IS the right time that NEKA advise the ‘struggle kids’ to behave. We all fought for this country but we never disturbed the leaders in their offices. Comrade Elijah Ngurare, stop behaving like a doll. The children must go home and wait for their oppo
 • I HAVE noticed something regrettable about some people (men and women) in this country. They are defaming other people’s names to get positions either in government or in parastatals. Mr President, Prime Minister, ministers and CEOs, always investigate
 • WHAT a shame on the Namibian government and its law enforcement unit, the police. The ‘struggle kids’ are not armed. Shame on the leaders. I wonder what would have happened if it was one of your daughters covered in blood like Frieda Ndatipo.
 *SHAME on you, Hage Geingob, you are now sympathising with Frieda Ndatipo’s family and fellow ‘struggle kids’ while you said the ‘struggle kids’ are not special. Were you waiting for such a fatal incident to occur before you react?
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ECONOMIC NEWS | 2011-08-15
Portuguese to be introduced in schools
CATHERINE SASMAN
PORTUGUESE will be introduced as a foreign language in Namibian State schools from next year, the Ministry of Education confirmed.
This is in response to increased demand from learners who are not necessarily Portuguese speakers, which senior public relations officer with the Ministry, Toivo Mvula, said is 'fairly understandable' given the fact that Portuguese is used in Angola and Mozambique, for those interested in diplomatic, political or business careers.
'The Ministry is simply responding to the demand, like in the case of German and French,' he said.
Mvula said schools all over Namibia - and not just in the north, but also Windhoek, the coast, and other parts - have been providing Portuguese as a first language for about 10 years already. He said the language subject will be introduced at schools depending on the number of teachers available next year.
The language programme will start at five schools for the first year.
Portuguese is currently offered by Unam and has about 100 students.
The Portuguese Embassy is assisting the Ministry of Education in this endeavour.
Charges d'Affairs of the Portuguese Embassy Helena Paiva said a memorandum of understanding between the embassy and the Ministry of Education is near finalisation.
The embassy has already sent five technical advisers to Namibia that are providing assistance with continuous teacher training in the regions, as well as assisting the National Institute for Educational Development (NEID) with the development of teaching and learning materials.  
It will also provide scholarships to Namibians to be trained as teachers of Portuguese as a foreign language, and provide textbooks and related resources, like dictionaries, for the initial phase of the programme.  
'Both countries recognise the importance of teaching the Portuguese language and culture in the education system of Namibia, both as an element of union and mutual knowledge, namely taking into consideration the shared historical and cultural links, and as an added value to the training and knowledge if the Namibian students,' said Paiva.
There are about 100 000 Portuguese speakers in Namibia, and Portuguese is the official language of five African countries.

         

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