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Contact-new.svg Erkkie Haipinge
Employer:Ministry of Education (Windhoek College of Education)
Occupation:Teacher Educator
Other roles:Student/ Researcher
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My story in brief

I schooled in northern Namibia. Upon completion I studied at the University of Namibia, where I qualified as an English, Geography and History teacher. I taught in secondary schools, three to be exact, in northern Namibia, but mainly focusing on English as a second language. I also held managerial posts, such as acting school principal as well as head of department - languages.

Looking for fresh challenges, I moved to a teacher training college to become a teacher educator. I became responsible for education theory and practice. However currently I am responsible for integrated media and technology education. I have been teaching for 11 years now.

I believe my extensive travel and extensive subject exposure has given me an opportunity to develop an understanding of teaching from various view points and content basis. It makes it easier for me to teach cross-curriculum subject like integrated media and technology education as it requires one to be confortable with various subjects in the curriculum.

My Sandbox

Information Communication Technologies in Education

The Content under this section would be most relevant to Namibian pre-sercive and in-service teachers

Information communication technologies (ICT) integration in education in Namibia can be better understood when one becomes aware of the contents of the following documents:

  • Namibian's Vision 2030
  • Education and Training Sector Improvement Program (ETSIP)
  • Namibia's ICT Policy for Education
  • Tech /Na! - ICTs in Education Implementation Plan Guide

For starters, Vision 2030 is the country's comprehensive plan to develop its human resources and prepare the country for a knowldge-based economy at the level of developed countries. ETSIP is a program or strategy to improve the whole education sector to enable it to facilitate the drive towards Vision 2030.

The ICT Policy for Education was developed in 2005 whose purpose is to prepare Namibia's education system - its learners, students, teachers, instructors, educators and communities, for a knowledge-based economy which is regarded as the economy of tomorrow. By integrating ICT into education the main aim of the policy is equip citizens with ICT skills to enable them to access local and international pool of knowledge and information. Amongst other things, the Policy regards ICT as a tool that offers opportunities for better learner/student-centred teaching, enable collaboration for students and teachers, create enthusiasm in learners for learning, etc.

Subsequently, Tech /Na! is an implementation plan that outlines strategies for implementing the ICT Policy for Education. It is described as a comprehensive framework describing ICT interventions across the education sector.

The activities below are to help you to understand the policy documents stated above. Follow the links below where you would find all the resources you need.

Tech /Na! Information page NIED - Namibia Institute for Educational Development

The objectives below outline the the focus of the activities

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After visiting the Tech /Na! website (see link below) you should be able to do the following:
  • Understand what Namibia's Vision 2030 is and how it relates to ICT initiatives
  • Gain a basic understanding of ETSIP as a strategy to enable the achievement of Vision 2030
  • Understand the ICT Policy for Education - its purpose, objectives and envisaged benefits
  • Understand the Tech /Na! initiative and its goals
  • Define ICT and its relevance (integration) in education

Tech /Na!

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Answer the following questions as you go through the Tech /Na! website. Note that most questions require critical thinking skills:
  • What are the goals of Vision 2030?
  • What is ETSIP and what are its 8 sub-programs?
  • What is ICTs?
  • What is the ICT Policy for Education for?
  • What role can ICT play to help achieve the goals of Vision 2030?
  • What do teachers need to be competent in using ICTs in their teaching?

Make notes as you answer these questions as they would help you to complete the following assignment

I believe you had fun going through the Tech /Na! website and you have a wealth of information in the form of notes generated through answering the questions in the activity above. Now it is time to do the assignment.

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Write a report of 2 pages (excluding the cover page, conclusion and references) focusing on the following:
  • The role of ICT in facilitating the strategy of ETSIP to achieve Vision 2030

Consider the following sub-questions

    • What ICT is
    • What Vision 2030 is
    • What ETSIP is about
    • Importance of ICT in facilitating the achievement of Vision 2030

Critical Inquiry/ Action Research

Learning Theories and ICT in Education