Equity key in education
31 October 2019 | Education
Speaking at a conference on education, the ambassador said it was important for nations to embrace change in order to succeed in this ever-evolving world.
The conference also discussed opportunities for Finnish-Namibian cooperation in the education sector.
“Education and lifelong learning are the basis for prosperity in Namibia and Finland. They are also the reasons why we are here today. I feel confident and I realise how well educated the Namibian youth are,” she said.
She said although the Finnish education system had proven successful, a number of challenges remained and experts were looking at how to keep abreast of socio-economic changes.
“There is no doubt that digitisation offers great opportunities for education. How about if the children are spending too much time in the digital world with gadgets and they have difficulties in learning as they do not sleep enough,” she said.
Iina Soiri, an education expert stationed at the Finnish embassy in Pretoria, said she was establishing what the real gaps are in the education systems in the Southern African region.
“Namibia is one of the leading nations on this continent and we need to analyse that and… see how they can cooperate with Namibia,” she said.