16 ADVERT Friday, September 1 2017 | NEW ERA Official Weekly Communique of the University of Namibia - Volume 27 EDUCATION PIVOTAL IN EQUIPPING FUTURE GENERATIONS - As World class Commonwealth Conference comes to an end - Education plays a pivotal role in equipping future generations with the tools to tackle some of the most pressing issues, not least filling the skills gap which is a global challenge faced by many member states, said the Commonwealth Secretary- General. Delivering the keynote address to the Council for Education in the Commonwealth’s (CEC) annual conference, which took place outside London for the first time in 58 years, Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said education and collaborative work were central to addressing challenges such as climate change, violent extremism, violence against women and girls, and strengthening the facilitation of trade promotion across the Commonwealth. Addressing more than 200 attendees, including education ministers, academics, professionals and other stakeholders, the Secretary- General added that education would help drive all 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Delivering the official opening address, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Dr Becky Ndjoze-Ojo said an inclusive Commonwealth should be one whose wealth truly serves the common good. “It is a Commonwealth that is committed to higher education, training and innovation, particularly because 60 percent of its population is youth. It is a Commonwealth that should be concerned about youth unemployment and thereto trains its youthful population in employability skills, entrepreneurship and vocational training. A gender sensitive Commonwealth could be an added advantage.” Speaking after the Conference, Mr Sonny Leong, Chairperson of the CEC said: “The University of Namibia can hold its head high as they have just delivered a world class twoday conference bringing together academics from across the region and as far as the Caribbean. Mr Sonny Leong The Conference focussed on how higher education institutions and businesses should be working more closely to ensure that graduates are fully skilled for the work of today and tomorrow. As Chair of the CEC, I hope the Conference will be the springboard for practical solutions to our common challenges.” The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC a collaborative report, that we will submit to the CEC, education and business stakeholders, on how to implement notable recommendations made at the Conference. The University is also grateful to all that contributed to the success of the Conference, from our conference partner NCHE, to the CEC team, education ministries, local and international universities, conference participants, as well as the local organising committee for their tireless efforts.” Hon Dr Becky Ndjoze-Ojo “The University of Namibia can hold its head high as they have just delivered a world class two-day conference, bringing together academics from across the region and as far as the Caribbean.” This year’s Conference, titled ‘Leading the Elephant out of the Bush – Education and Business together Bridging the Gap’, explored ways in which education, business and Prof Peter Katjavivi industry can work together to ensure financially sustainable and innovative approaches to education. It also aimed to teach the current and next generation of entrepreneurs and teachers to thrive in the 21st Century workplace. Prof Glen Jacobs Prof Richard Mawditt Looking at the outcome of the Conference, UNAM Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Development, Professor Dr Ellen N Namhila Prof Mabel Imbuga Kenneth Matengu, said: “We will now concentrate on putting together Mr Faraz Khan Mr Sam Shivute
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