RCE Khomas-Erongo-2012

1. General Information
Contact Name(s): 
Elsabe Julies
Clive Lawrence
Organizational Affiliation : 
University of Namibia
Municipality of Swakopmund
Role in the project: 
Deputy - Secretariat
Project-relevant information: 
2. Project Information
1. Project title: 
Awareness raising in out-of school youth and informal settlements
2. Project Description: 
This project aims to improve education and awareness of out-of-school youth concerning ESD-related issues. It will eventually design and implement with organizations an action plan to involve out-of-school youth in ESD activities and improve awareness of ESD-related issues in informal settlements. Furthermore, it will investigate how the policies of local authorities address issues of the unemployed youth. For the purpose of achieving this, contact should be made with organizations who work with out-of-school youth and in informal settlements such as NGOs, HIV organizations, women groups, religious groups, among others.
3. Project Status: 
4. Key Words
Key Words: 
Education and awareness raising
5. Project categories
Project categories: 
Awareness building
Material production
6. Expected outcomes:: 
Programmes and learning materials for out-of-school youth
7. Duration of the Project:: 
2012 - 2015
3. Project Leadership & Vision
8. Project coordination (e.g. teams): 
Mr. C. Lawrence (Municipality of Swakopmund), Mr. Maurince Nkusi (Polytechnic of Namibia), Mr. Shumba (Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture - Usakos), Ms. R. Shifa (Gobabeb Research and Training Institute)
9. Leadership structure
a. Administration: 
b. Transactional: 
c. Transformational: 
4. Project results
10. Project results : 
r. Nkusi developed an ICT/modile learning programme which targets out-of-school youth. It is a collaboration with the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture. It concentrates on skills development. The project started with teaching mushroom production Usakos. At the moment a shortage of funds for this project is experienced. The first phase yielded promising results. Students were given affordable cell phone and learning material was developed by the Ministry of Youth. In total 21 cell phones were bought to start the project. The phones have 2GB memory cards and cost N$80 per phone. Students can access the learning material with their cell phones and assignments can also be submitted with the cell phones. The next training will focus on climate change, water management and finally entrepreneurship.
The Environmental Education Unit of the Min. of Youth in Erongo (Usakos) and also in other areas of the country focus on out-of school groups. Issues that are dealt with include: climate change, water conservation, bird watching, tree planting etc. The out-of –school youth meet once a week. The biggest challenge is a lack of motivation. In an attempt to solve this problem the Gobabeb Research and Education Centre was visited during 2011 to increase the motivation and awareness of the young people.
Another project is the mushroom e-learning for out of school youth. The biggest challenge in the education of out-of-school youth is provision of food, accommodation and transport. ICT e-learning can help solve this problem.
11. Contribution to reforms and innovations: 
Within the region it will promote e-learning activities and build capacity among young people in townships that are unemployed. It may encourage such young people to become self-employed.
12. Unexpected / unplanned results: 
13.Core Partners: 
Polytechnic of Namibia; Gobabeb Research and Training Institute; Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture
5. Partnership and networking
14. Project Network
a. Information network: 
b. Knowledge network: 
c. Innovation network: 
6. Participation
15. Type of involvement: 
Stakeholders were involved in the development and implementation/teaching of material and technology
16. Participation opportunities
a. Informational participation: 
b. Consultation participation: 
c. Decision influencing participation : 
7. Education & Learning
17. Educational activities: 
Allows informal education to occur with the aid of employing electronic devices that are easily accessible and cheap.
18. Learning activities: 
The RCE stakeholders are actively involved in developing the content for the programmes and in the set-up of the technology.
19. Educational activities
a. Theory: 
b. Discussion: 
c. Interactive and Multidimensional "action oriented education": 
8. Research Integration
20. Research & Development (R&D): 
Not applicable
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Transformitive Learning