WINDHOEK, Aug. 28 – Namibia hosted the Council of Education in the Commonwealth (CEC) Education Conference for the fist time outside London under the theme ‘Leading the Elephant out of the Bush.’
The CEC is a parliament based Non –Governmental Organisation that was founded at the time of the first Commonwealth Education Ministries Conference, with the purpose to create an informed public opinion on the silent issues concerning education and training.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the congress the Deputy Minister of Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation Dr. Becky Ndjoze- Ojo stated the importance for Namibians to understand the genesis of the Conference.
“The aims of CEC are to provide a forum where Members of Parliament and others with an interest in the Commonwealth can exchange information and views to initiate action to foster educational cooperation and the sharing of experience among countries and governments of the Commonwealth offer to informed and experienced persons from the UK and other Commonwealth countries a platform for the discussion of educational issues,” she said.
She further added that through Education Minister Action Group (EMAG), representatives of the Africa Region of the Commonwealth was set up to provide connectivity between meetings and create the needed momentum, and to ensure that momentum was maintained.
Sonny Leon, the Chairperson of the CEC reiterated that technology transformation is only increasing in speed and in many areas of life, this offers the potential to break new ground to enhance people’s quality of life.
“One of the most serious is the impact of technological advances in people’s jobs and work. This will change rather than disappear, but that is an enormous transformation and it will take place in some way shape or form, everywhere around the world,” he said.
He added that protectionism from progress will fail so the only way to be successful in the age of vast technology change, is to always be ready for the future. – Jonsey Douglas