Two schools, Khomas High School and A Shipena Secondary School, were invited to participate in the inaugural competition aimed at raising awareness of the internationalisation of education, a trend that has become highly common in higher education throughout the world.
The motion of the debate, which was sponsored by the Namibia College of Learning (NAMCOL) and Huawei, was fiercely contested by the participants who, through heated discussions, competed for an assortment of prizes including a floating trophy donated by the Professional Provident Society Insurance Company. Each participant received a T-shirt, whilst the members of the winning team each received a 56-gigabyte memory stick from Huawei. NAMCOL donated Grade 10 and 12 Examination Booklets to the libraries of the two schools. The Khomas High School team emerged as the eventual winners.
Dr Marius Kudumo, the Director of the International Relations Department, urged learners to appreciate every opportunity of gaining knowledge, and reminded them that education is never strictly confined to classes and passing exams. “Through debating, you learn life-long values and skills which you will be required to display in various situations,” he noted.
In addtion to the debate, the Department also organised a Public Dialogue where Anita Kiki Gbeho, the UN Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative, shared the perspectives of the United Nations in Namibia. Gbeho specifically addressed the role institutions of higher learning can play in ensuring access to renewable energy and advanced and cleaner fossil-fuel technology.