There is an urgent need for qualified pre and junior primary school teachers in Namibia.
Enrolment in early childhood education has suddenly increased and this increase is mainly due to the government initiative to help make public education accessible to all by abolishing school fees as well as a strategic emphasis by the Namibian Government to increase learner access to education opportunities. Though the initiative is a step in the right direction, it has stressed the education system.
Today there are large inequalities in educational access between rural and urban areas and a pupil-to-teacher ratio that exceeds 40:1 in some rural areas. Overall,
The Ministry of Education estimates that another 5000 teachers must be trained to reach universal primary education by 2030. Early childhood education is a vital investment for the country’s future, setting an early foundation for life-long learning for early childhood school teachers help to give young learners the best possible start in life.
They inspire young learners through learning and they have a greater opportunity to relate well with learners and their parents. The students studying the International University of Management Diploma in Education (Pre and Junior Primary) will be actively involved in their learning and development. For this qualification has been carefully designed, in collaboration with the major stakeholders, to be responsive to the needs of the profession and aims to model what outstanding teaching and learning in the pre and junior primary classroom looks like. The student learning experiences will be varied and will include educational visits, lectures, conferences, seminars, tutorials, practical workshops and independent study supported by research and online learning materials. In addition to this, the students will spend a significant proportion of time on professional placement (school based studies).
Assessment methods are varied according to the courses but include, among others, posters, essays, presentations and portfolios. All of these have an explicit focus on supporting each student’s development as an outstanding pre and junior primary school teacher. The Diploma in Education (Pre and Junior Primary) will enable the students to develop a deep understanding of how learners learn.
The students will learn about current initiatives and their impact on classroom practices. The students will be supported in their learning to become creative and flexible practitioners prepared to make a positive impact on learners’ lives and meet the needs of early childhood education of the future. This qualification will not only meet but also implement all the requirements for training quality early childhood educators as articulated by the Ministry of Basic Education in its ministerial policy documents.
Apart from aligning itself directly with the ministerial policy documents on pre and junior primary education, this qualification considers the ever growing pool of an unqualified teachers who do not meet the present minimum requirement for entry into Bachelor of Education (Junior Primary) Honours at the International University of Management. This qualification, therefore, will provide a suitable bridge for entry into Bachelor of Education (Junior Primary) Honours and further training. This qualification targets anyone who has the zeal to be become a pre and primary school teacher and has the necessary requirements to pursue this study to become a professionally qualified pre and primary school teacher in order to meet the high demand for academically and professionally qualified pre and primary school teachers in Namibia and the SADC region.
The study period for the qualification is: Fulltime/Part-time/Block release mode – Minimum: 3 Years; Maximum: 5 Years.
The qualification comprises of two (2) semesters per academic year. Semester 1 runs from January to June. Semester 2 runs from July to December.
About International University of Management (IUM)
The Institution was founded by Dr David Richard Namwandi, first as a non-degree awarding body. On 26 October 2002 it obtained University status when it was officially launched by the then state president of the Republic of Namibia, His Excellency Dr. Sam Nujoma. The university is fully accredited by the Namibia Qualifications Authority and the National Council for Higher Education(NCHE).
The International University of Management (IUM) has its roots in the Institute of Higher Education which was founded in 1994 and is a sole Namibian initiative which started with one student and has now grown into an institution whose student population is currently more that 9,000.
The intellectual and vocational bases of the university are firmly rooted in Management and ICT.Since its inception, the university has gained recognition as a centre of excellence for the teaching of Management Science and ICT disciplines at all levels.
While these disciplines remain the university’s anchor, plans are afoot to diversify its offerings at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the not too distant future in order to address different economic needs of management in Namibia. In addition, the university has carried out numerous consultancies on behalf of both the private and public sectors in Namibia. IUM was officially launched as the first private university in Namibia on 26 April 2002 and its Hi-Tech campus at Dorado Park in Windhoek was inaugurated on 26 April 2011.
The purpose of the university is to educate and train young managers of the future; the young managers who will go out into the world and help to generate work and wealth in those sectors of society where there is most need, demand or opportunity.