ERIC Number: ED266290
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Namibian Extension Unit. A Brief Account of the Distance Education Programme for Namibians.
Namibian Extension Unit, Lusaka (Zambia).
The Namibian Extension Unit (NEU), a distance education program for Namibian refugees in Zambia and Angola, was established in 1981 and began teaching courses in mid-1982. Its purpose is to provide basic education to adult Namibian refugees using the distance education format. The NEU provides courses in study skills, introductory English and basic mathematics; courses in agriculture, child care and nutrition, personal hygiene and community health, and secondary school English are being prepared. NEU distance learning activities are carried out in study centers throughout Angola and Zambia, under field supervisors for each country. Part-time tutors are employed to help the students in their studies; they are assisted by study group leaders--students a few courses ahead who are responsible for classroom procedures and helping students with lessons. NEU course materials are produced in writers' workshops organized by the Unit. NEU staff and teachers from Namibian Health and Education Centres help in the writing, and international experts and consultants also participate. The NEU is autonomous within the United Nations Institute for Namibia, and is overseen by a Board of Project Management. Financial assistance is provided by a variety of international sources. Approximately 165 employees work in the study centers to serve about 2,000 students; both figures are expected to rise as more of the target population of 40,000 Namibian refugees with at least four years of primary schooling are reached. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Namibian Extension Unit, Lusaka (Zambia).
Identifiers - Location: Namibia