Welwitschia offers scholarship to young Namibians

Envisaging the scholarship
We would like to propose a financial sponsorship to young Namibians who are seeking education, personal development and advanced training. Being aware of these quite general examples, we would like to highlight that any serious type of advanced training in the field of education will be supported. Therefore, we are supporting the education of formal qualifications, which will guarantee their future prospects. We visualize the scholarship with an amount up to N$7,500. The scholarship will start in January 2015 with a duration of one year in the first instance.

What do we offer?
We would like to offer young, motivated Namibians the chance of getting a proper education despite their social and financial circumstances. However, we would also like to concentrate on personal development. In the event of any issues or arising questions, we aim to allocate the scholarship-holder with a personal representative from our initiative who will help the scholarship-holder throughout the duration of the education. In examples of positive teamwork and evidence of a promising contribution to the initiative, we aspire to extend the scholarship-holders’ education until they find themselves in employment through our initiative.

What do we request?
We request a formal application with a curriculum vitae including: a photo, a letter of motivation and the final school certificates.
Throughout the scholarship, the scholarship-holders must show evidence of their training and educational participation at their respective school every three months. In addition to that, the scholarship-holder is asked to submit inputs for our webpage each month, such as articles, essays, photos, videos or brief descriptions of their experiences.

The selection of applicants will be favoured more strongly for those who have shown evidence of an active involvement within their community, as it shows potential for their studies and future career.
We believe that communication and reliability between the scholarship-holder and our initiative are fundamental values to its operation, thus providing the foundations to positive teamwork.

Applications should be sent to info@welwitschia.org till 31st October 2014.

Thoughts of Namibian learners

Eine Gruppe von Schülern der Jan Möhr Secondary School in Windhoek hat ein Video gedreht in dem sie über ihren Alltag, ihr Schulleben und ihre Leidenschaften sprechen. Es gibt einen schönen Einblick in die Gedanken und zukünftigen Ziele junger SchülerInnen in Namibia.

A group of learners from Jan Möhr Secondary School in Windhoek made a video in which they talk about their daily life, their school and their passions. It gives a good insight in the thoughts and future dreams of learners in Namibia.

“Namibia: Mehr als Safari-Tourismus”

“Unbürokratische Hilfe auf dem kurzen Dienstweg ist nur einer der Anreize, die Namibia seinen Investoren bietet. Das Land punktet mit politischer Stabilität, einer freien Marktwirtschaft und guter In­frastruktur. Und es hat ein großes Ziel: Bis 2030 will der südwestafrikanische Staat zum Industrieland aufsteigen – weg von Rohstoffen und Tourismus, hin zu Güterproduktion und dem Ausbau des Dienstleistungssektors. Ausländische Investoren, die helfen können, dieses Ziel zu erreichen, werden eifrig umworben.”

Lest mehr über die aktuelle wirtschaftliche Situation in Namibia und die Aussichten in der Zukunft auf finanzen.net.

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Status fundraising campaign

Seit Beginn unserer Spendenaktion auf betterplace.org sind schon 180€ an Spenden eingegangen, womit bereits 26% der gesamten Summe eingegangen sind. Vielen Dank an jede/n SpenderIn! Mit dem eingegangenen Betrag können wir bereits über sieben Wochen das Gehalt unseres Bildungsberaters Stefanus bezahlen. Nichtsdestotrotz fehlt noch ein gutes Stück, um wirklich das Gehalt über ein halbes oder sogar über ein ganzes Jahr abdecken zu können. Wir freuen uns deshalb weiterhin über jede Spende! Selbst ein ganz kleiner Betrag hilft uns schon weiter! Sollte es euch nicht möglich sein, eine Spende zu tätigen, könnt ihr uns über die Weiterleitung des Link an Freunde und Bekannte unterstützen!

Wir haben bereits die Rückmeldung bekommen, dass man über betterplace nur per Kreditkarte oder PayPal spenden kann. Wer keines davon zur Verfügung hat, kann ganz einfach direkt auf eines unserer Konten spenden mit dem Betreff “Bildungsberater”. Die Kontonummern findet ihr in der Spalte rechts.

Hier noch einmal der Link zu unserer betterplace-Aktion: www.betterplace.org/de/p21674

We recently started our fundraising campaign on betterplace.org and already received donations worth 180€ (about N$2500) which covers 26% of the total amount requested. Thank you to all donors! With this amount we can cover our Educational Advisor’s salary for more than seven weeks! Nonetheless, there is still some way to go to reach our final goal: cover his salary for six months or even one year. Please help us achieve this goal by continue donating, even a very small amount helps! If it is not possible for you to donate money, we would be glad if you forwarded the link to friends and relatives!

We further received feedback that it is only possible on betterplace.org to donate via credit card or PayPal. If you have none of it, just transfer your donation on one of our bank accounts with the subject “Educational Advisor”. You find the details in the right side bar.

Here the link to our betterplace campaign: www.betterplace.org/en/p21674

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Fundraising campaign

Seit wenigen Tagen läuft unsere Spendenaktion über betterplace.org um unser Büro in Windhoek zu finanzieren. Wir benötigen noch Spenden für das Gehalt unseres Bildungsberaters Stefanus sowie etwas Ausstattung. Den Link zur Spendenaktion findet ihr unten oder ihr klickt rechts einfach auf “Spenden”. Helft uns die erste Bildungsberatung Namibias möglich zu machen!

Wir haben euch unten zwei Plakate bereit gestellt und würden uns darüber freuen, wenn ihr diese ausdruckt und in eurer Stadt aufhängt, damit noch mehr Menschen von diesem tollen Projekt zu hören bekommen!

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Link zur Spendenaktion auf betterplace.org: www.betterplace.org/de/p21674

Via betterplace.org we started a fundraising campaign in order to finance our office. We still need some donations for our educational advisor’s salary as well as for equipment. You find the link to the campaign below or you just click on “Spenden” in the right sidebar. Help us establish the first career helpdesk in Namibia!

We attached to this post two posters. We would be glad if you could print these posters and put them on the walls of your city so that more people hear of this great project!

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Fundraising campaign on betterplace.org: www.betterplace.org/en/p21674

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Winners of essay competition

Es stehen nun die Gewinner unseres Aufsatzwettbewerbes fest. Das Thema war: “Wie siehst du die Relevanz der englischen Sprache in Namibia? Gibt es einen Mangel an gutem Englisch im namibischen Bildungssektor? Falls ja, wie würdest du die Situation ändern?”. Insgesamt wurden sieben Aufsätze eingereicht und zwei Gewinner ausgewählt. Einerseits haben unsere Nutzer ausgewählt welches Essay sie am überzeugendsten fanden, den zweiten Gewinner hat das Team von Welwitschia Deutschland und Welwitschia Namibia gemeinsam ausgewählt. In den kommenden Tagen wird der Preis von jeweils N$500 übergeben. Lest hier die beiden Gewinneraufsätze.

We now decided upon the winners of our essay competition. The topic was: “How do you see the importance of English in Namibia? Is there any lack in the use of English in the Namibian education sector? If so, how would you improve the situation?”. Amongst the seven submitted essays, our users chose one of the two winners whereas the team of Welwitschia Germany and Welwitschia Namibia selected the second winner. We will award the prize of N$500 each in the next few days and post a picture of the award ceremony. Read here the two winning essays.

Jacobina Nambahu (chosen by Welwitschia)

All over the world libraries are dedicated to providing free and equitable access to information for all, be it in written, electronic or audiovisual form. They play a key role in creating literate environments and promoting literacy by offering relevant and attractive reading material for all ages and all literacy levels and by offering adult and family literacy classes. They embrace the social responsibility to offer services that bridge social, political and economic barriers, and traditionally make a special effort to extend their services to marginalized people. Libraries assist in finding, using and interpreting appropriate information that opens up opportunities for lifelong learning, literacy enhancement, informed citizenship, recreation, creative imagination, individual research, critical thinking, and ultimately, empowerment in an increasingly complex world.

English has aptly been described as our ‘window on the world’ and for good reason, but it is doubtful if it can be used as a ‘door’ to reach that window unseasonably. Psychologists are generally agreed that a foreign language cannot be the language of early concept formation and of socialization. True, among the intelligentsia of newly emergent countries, political consciousness was maintained in a state of ferment through the medium of metropolitan languages. English may thus have marginally integrated people at the leadership level, but as an instrument of national integration it would not do nearly as well. Teaching the concept of pluralism must begin early.

The most natural aid to the growth of concepts and formation of attitudes would appear to be the language a person is born into. Educators who introduce a foreign language as the medium of instruction prematurely run the risk of producing a generation with a mechanical verbal knowledge unrelated to its environment. That such a generation could further engender generations of woolly-minded and half-baked men and women is not altogether an alarmist view.

Nicholas Hans, the well-known comparative educationist, substantiates this view and provides a classic example. He concedes that in learning a foreign language, terms denoting concrete objects perceived through the senses would present no difficult to the child. They would either be directly connected with the objects or translated from the mother tongue. But abstract ideas are a different matter. He continues: “…in any original language, the words denoting ideas and relations were gradually built up from a simile based on some sense impression and changed their meaning through a long process of linguistic adaptation. For a child speaking its native tongue, it is not difficult to recover the connecting links between the original and the transferred significance of the word. For a child learning a foreign language the second transferred meaning has to be learned by heart. The child thus loses the intermediate stage closely connecting the idea with sense impressions and his knowledge of the meaning of the word is only verbal

In conclusion but the assumption that pupils ‘learn’ enough English at the primary levels to be able to ‘use’ it in the secondary classes is untenable. Language is never such a self-sufficient skill in this sense except when children learn it through its use, as with the mother tongue. Those who argue the case for English might well be tempted to point to the proven competence in English of the relatively better educated indigenous urban South African and to the fact that teaching of English has an established tradition in certain parts of South Africa. However, it would be less than objective to use this insignificant example to make a vast generalization. Besides, such an indigenous South African had a favourable milieu in which to learn English.

Abed Nangombe (chosen by our users)

English is the language of England and has International Standard. There are several important factors that make us to learn English Language to go through in the current time. First of all, as I already mention, it has International Standard, that’s why everyone needs to learn English in order to get in touch on International Level. Nowadays, English is called International Language and it is also the second language of our country in the world. Therefore, we can realize the importance in communication of this language. When we know English, we can come to and communicate with the citizens of country (Namibia) without any confusion in expressing our feelings and thinking’s.

 English is very important in Namibia as it is the official language of the country and it’s considered as the medium of instruction in every government and almost every private institution in the country, keeping this in mind, the Parliament has also recognized English as an official language. When looking at Educational fields, i found out that a lot of the syllabus is written in English. Children are taught and encouraged to learn English on starting levels. And accordingly, as they promote to the next levels they study almost all the subjects in English. Having said that English helps all tribes in Namibia to communicate in a well effective way.

Furthermore it is the most dominant language of diplomacy, business and science, economy, computer and internet in the country. It should also be noted that more than 90% of websites are written and created in English with +-80% of the data stored in the computers around the country is in English.  If you do not speak English this is a lot of information that won’t have access to. An impressive +-36% of the internet users communicate in English. Today a good knowledge in English belongs to the most important requirements in many professions. A person that speaks English well also has a better chance of finding a good job in the country and abroad, many multi-national companies when dealing with cross-border business communication will do it in English.

 As we know, in this modern day national businesses are targeting qualities of employees; and, knowing English is one of those qualities. Consequently, if we know English and good at it, we will have more chances to get a job. Moreover, with an enough amount of knowledge in English, the possibility of promotion in position is even higher; this increases the economy of the country as the unemployment rate decreases. 

Apart from that, it is the language of art, the film industry, music and books. Knowing English opens up a great range of entertainment possibilities and the ability to immerse you in new worlds of cultural understanding. Many of the national and world’s top films, books and music are published and produced in English. Therefore Namibia having English as an official language helps us have access to a great wealth of entertainment and will be able to have a greater cultural understanding.

With good understanding and communication in English, it helps Namibian to travel around the globe. We get assistance and help in English in every part of world English is the most commonly used language among foreign language speakers. Throughout the world, when people with different languages come together they commonly use English to communicate so this helps us Namibian to interact with foreigners either when they come to our country or when we are the one in their countries. Another importance is that it is the language of science. To excel in science you need to know English so knowing English helps Namibia to excel in science. English language is one tool to establish our viewpoint. We can learn from others experience. We can check the theories of foreigners against our experience. We can reject the untenable and accept the tenable. We can also propagate our theories among the international audience and readers and make use of English to promote our worldview and spiritual heritage throughout the globe. A language attracts people because of the wealth of literature and knowledge enshrined in it. 

In brief, we cannot deny the importance of English language in Namibia. This language helps us to express thinking’s and feelings, to talk, to exchange views, and to contract between person and person though wherever we live. Furthermore, in the world that English is considered as the main language, English is now taking an importance part in the chance to take a job. Hence, we can predict that English language will continue to develop and bring us more advantages in the near future; and, maybe someday, English will be the only language in the world.

August Report from Johanna, our scholarship-holder

Our scholarship holder Johanna is approaching the end of her studies. Read here her August report:

As you know by now that I am a final year student, in the final year of study one has to write a thesis before graduating as an honor’s degree graduate. I am thus sharing with you the abstract of my thesis paper entitled: The geology, geochemistry and petrography of the Keishohe carbonatite,southwest Namibia. It can be used by fellow students as an example on writing an abstract of a paper as an abstract is of utmost importance a summary of a statement which concentrates in itself the essential qualities of anything more extensive or more general, or of several things.

Abstract

This paper is a synthesis of the three aspects of the Keishohe carbonatites namely; the geology, the geochemistry and the petrography. The Keishohe carbonatite occurs to the South west of Namibia and has a potential for Rare Earth Elements (REEs). The prospect is proximal to the Dicker Willem carbonatite complexe which is dated approximately 49Ma. The Keishohe area consists of thin plugs of carbonatite dykes which have intruded the underlying Namaqua Metamorphic complexe of gneisses and quartzites. The country rocks strike southwest wards which is the same orientation of the flow banding in the carbonatites. The flow banding is parallel to the foliation in the country rocks and it is evidence that the carbonatites were emplaced in zones of weakness. Four generations of carbonatites are preserved at Keishohe, they possess different colours,texture and geochemistry. The composition of the carbonatites is generally ferro-carbonatites. The brecciated quartzites show that the area has undergone many deformation episodes which are evidence of tectonic events having affected the area. Some carbonatites in Keishohe show an economic potential for Rare Earth Elements and the presence of the mineral fuchsite in the rocks show that fenitization has occurred in the area. These carbonatites have been emplaced in an extensional environment that is commonly associated with these rocks.