Goethe-Institut continues to strengthen relationships

Establishing a centre for the enrichment of the educational process.

24 November 2020 | Education

Enzo Amuele

The Namibian National Teachers' Union (Nantu) received a donation of a laptop, printer, wireless book scanner and 5 000 bar code labels for library books from the Goethe-Institut Namibia.

The donation, valued at N$30 000, was handed over on 18 November at the Nantu head office in Windhoek, and will be used in the Teachers’ Resource Centre.

Through Koha workshops, one of the Goethe-Institut’s responsibilities is to provide technical assistance to community libraries, institutions of high learning and schools on how to manage their libraries. Koha is an open source integrated library system.

In the spirit of networking

Handing over the donation, head of library and information at the Goethe-Institut, Pfeifer Detlef, referred to the institute as the “German Shakespeare” as it works on behalf of the German government.

“This donation is in a spirit of networking and we are looking forward to the opening of the Nantu library. Koha is a Maori word that describes a gift where people expect something in return.

“In this spirit, we hand over the donation, and hope Nantu will return the gift by being an active partner in the Koha community in Namibia,” Detlef said.

He further expressed the institute's willingness to continue working with Nantu.

Digitalisation

Receiving the donation, Nantu secretary-general Loide Shaanika thanked the Goethe Institut for the donation and said the donated equipment came at the right time as Nantu is currently busy digitalising its library set-up.

According to Nantu, the resource centre will provide materials for the enrichment of the educational process.

It also further said the centre will also enable teachers to interact with each other in a variety of ways to share resources and exchange ideas so as to improve the effectiveness of their teaching.

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