Thursday, November 03, 2005

Learner-Centred Education in Namibia

It was since independence in 1990 that the Namibian Government had introduced a new educational approach which enables learners to be at the center of their own learning. This approach allow teachers to do less and learners to do more than their teacher. In the same vein, this approach prohibit the use of corporal punishment to Namibian school and introduce some harmless, useful and heplful to learners to learn happily. It emphasises the use of teaching aids that can help both teachers and learners to learn better through active classroom interaction. The activities must challenge learners' mind and allow learners to work together in groups and pairThe learner-centred approach supports the conducive classroom environment to help learners to be actively participate and show their interests into the lesson. However, learner-centred education encourage teacher to consider learner's view and understand that learner already have the existing knowledge of the subject learnt from the environment in which they live, parents, relatives, friends and even media such as radios and television. It allows learners to be more independent, interact with their teachers and grant them an opportunity to analyse, discuss and solve problems in the lesson taught. Teacher have been given a chance to study learners' home background, individualisation, learning disabilities among learners, their intellectual capabilities and what methods to use to help them learn better and easy. Learner-centred approach is believed to be successful throughout the Namibian education as learners are really showing their interests toward the teaching and learning process.