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Fri 19 Dec 2014
 CREDIT to Ms Kauraisa from the Ministry of Education's human resources department. She is the best. Keep up the good work!
 WHO compiles the inflation rates? Everyday consumer prices go up, yet we are told everything is just fine and we should keep on being happy.
 MTC, we Namibians cannot afford to pay N$2 daily. Please, change your strategy. What Tim Ekandjo said on NBC TV is unacceptable.
 ECN, you are being unrealistic! You cannot just pay us N$2 900. We had to pay for own transport, accommodation and food. What will we do with N$2 900?
 GOBABIS municipality, please build a wall around the cemetery at Epako. That place is now a playground for children. Cars drive over some graves.
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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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