Namibia Institute of Democracy (NID), with the support of the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF), was granted permission by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education to conduct a Civic Education programme for secondary school learners.
The programme consists of three workshops per school, an additional workshop at the House of Democracy, a parliament session and a subsequent boot camp excursion. The programme visited three secondary schools, namely A. Shipena, Immanuel Shifidi and Hage Geingob Secondary School. Each secondary school was tasked with selecting 20 learners from the student leadership bodies, as well as pupils who are enrolled for History or Development studies.
Through various fun activities, the participating learners were taught about Namibia’s governance process and structures, the rights and responsibilities of citizens, advocacy and lobbying, as well as the upcoming National Elections.
The first sessions were held from the 18 to 20 of February 2019, the second session from the 25 to 27 of February 2019, and the third sessions from the 4 to 6 March 2019. The overall objective of the Civic Education programme is to teach the participating learners how to think critically and independently, improve their understanding of the governance process and structures, as well as to provide them with tools that will enable them to participate in the sociological development of their communities.
In addition, the Civic Education programme conducted a workshop at the House of Democracy and 20 participating learners from all three secondary schools had the opportunity to part-take in a parliament session that took place on the 12thof March 2019.