The training workshop introduced Namibian educators to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how to incorporating them in their teaching practices.
The Intercultural Relations/ Germany Exchange partnered with the Namibian Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MOEAC), and the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek to host a Teacher’s Training Seminar on the SDGs. The event, held at the Habitas Research Centre on 4-21 April 2022, was attended by teachers from across the Khomas region.
An estimated number of 200 teachers attended the training seminar. Seven teachers who trained through the “Namibian-German Partnership, Khomas Regional Governor’s office” coordinated and served as facilitators. The course aims to equip teachers with relevant information and new research tools to teach Namibian learners about the SDGs. The seminar outlined different didactic strategies for various levels of schooling.
The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek donated “Frieda and the SDGs” storybooks to all the teachers to improve teacher-learner understanding of the SDGs and its connection to everyday life.
The main objective of this teaching workshop is to ensure that the trainees gained the best educational experience on the SDGs. To share ideas that improve their teaching practice and create a learning environment where they can extend the awareness of SDGs to the classroom and across the community.
The teaching strategies introduced at the event lays a solid foundation for the educators to enhance the quality of their teaching on the SDGs lessons. The training also emphasises the need for teachers to highlight the importance of responsible global citizenship to their students.
With less than a decade to go to achieve the SDGs, it is crucial to increase citizens’ awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals. These workshops are an important means to ensure the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda features in teacher capacity building in Namibia.