Development project in Namibia

dololearn project

New teaching and learning methods to two schools in Namibia

Projects’s main goal is to establish new teaching and learning methods in creative environments and lay a foundation for early-stage entrepreneurial development in Namibia. Many Namibian schools do not have the resources to tackle big societal issues, but even small improvements could act as a kick-start. Fixing the non-functional classrooms, supporting the teachers’ self-development and updating the digital learning tools, can affect greatly the schools’ future strategies, teachers’ satisfaction and students’ learning outcomes.

Polar Partners was a significant member of the Dololearn-project team and part of every phase from planning the development project, training teachers to final seminar and handbook publication.

Country: Namibia, pilot schools: Berg-Op Academy and Faith Primary School
Size of the project:Over 100 learners and 20 teachers from public and private school
Actions:– Learners provided with better e-learning tools and learning environments
– Teachers trained and mentored
Results:– Learners got more individual support and active learning experiences
– Teachers’ overall satisfaction increased
– Equality improved
Period:Jan 2018 – Apr 2020

The project focused on three areas, with specific goals:

  1. Active learning pedagogy and teacher training – building capacity in new methods and making learning more student-centered
  2. Modern learning environments – supporting new ways of teaching and learning
  3. E-learning – testing new tools and technology to better learning outcomes, engagement and modern pedagogy

Polar Partners trained and mentored teachers

Our team was a part of planning the two-year development project and one of our main responsibility was mentoring and supporting the teachers, who were trained to new pedagogical methods online, via a 2-week study visit to Finland and with intensive training in Namibia. Our team gathered the teacher training and e-learning experts from Finland to support the training e.g. Eduten, Mehackit and University of Turku, who are all a part of our official partner network.

More satisfied teachers and more equal school

The effectiveness of the project and the implemented changes was measured via Social Impact Assessment (SIA). Research was conducted with constructed, anonymous interviews with all of the teaching staff from both pilot schools. The results revealed an increase in the teachers’ overall satisfaction with their work inspiration, daily working hours and effectiveness. Teachers felt that their personal goals had become clearer, collaboration is easier and equal treatment has increased in their school.

Ever since offering chances for personal development to the teachers, they have become more committed to make improvements in their classrooms – collaboration and ownership have been the key drives for creating meaningful change. Students have also got new and fun ways to learn math, coding and basic ICT-skills.

Project partners with Polar Partners: Dololo Operations, Tablet Namibia, University Properties of Finland Ltd, Mehackit, Eduten, Southern African Innovation Support (SAIS), Business Finland, Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture of Namibia.

I learned that digital literacy is lacking in Namibian schools. All Faith Primary School teachers that participated in our computer sessions can now use computers and had acquired the know-how and skills of ICT and digital literacy.

Elizabeth John, Dololo Operations

Publication of the project: Active Learning Handbook

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