Namibian president calls for commitment to quality education in Africa-Xinhua

Namibian president calls for commitment to quality education in Africa

Source: Xinhua

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2024-06-16 19:33:16

WINDHOEK, June 16 (Xinhua) -- Namibian President Nangolo Mbumba called for a steadfast commitment to ensuring access to quality education in Africa, adding that the continent stands to gain immensely from investing in education and youth, as outlined in the aspirations of Agenda 2063.

Mbumba joined Namibians and the entire African continent in celebrating the International Day of the African Child. In a statement released on Sunday, Mbumba underscored the significance of the day by recalling the courage of young South Africans who protested against a discriminatory education system.

"On this day, more than four decades ago, young South Africans took to the streets of Soweto to protest the enforcement of a discriminatory education system which would have resulted in the displacement of cultural values and language," he said.

Highlighting the theme of this year's commemoration, "Education for all children in Africa: the time is now," Mbumba emphasized the importance of ensuring access to quality education.

Reflecting on Namibia's achievements, Mbumba pointed out that the country has made significant progress in providing free primary and secondary education.

He highlighted that the education sector receives the largest portion of the national budget, demonstrating Namibia's prioritization of education as a cornerstone of sustainable development. Furthermore, the government continues to expand educational infrastructure to enhance the learning experience for all children.

However, the president acknowledged the ongoing challenges in the country's education sector. He cited economic barriers, infrastructural deficits, gender disparities, quality issues, and cultural practices as obstacles that require a multi-stakeholder approach to overcome.

"Despite the significant progress we have made, there are miles we are yet to walk," he stressed, calling for continued investment and policy enactment to support the education sector.

The International Day of the African Child is commemorated annually on June 16, honoring the memory of the Soweto uprising and recognizing the ongoing struggles and achievements in advancing children's rights across the continent.