Achievement in math and science, as well as English literacy across the curriculum is a priority for the Ministry of Education, Arts, and Culture (MoEAC) in Namibia. Peace Corps Namibia’s Education project addresses gaps in English, Mathematics, Science, and technology content. Volunteers build the capacity of Namibian teachers, develop teaching and learning resources, improve the delivery of instruction, and promote English literacy across the curriculum and link schools with their communities. On the whole, the objective of the project is to ensure that learners have the comprehension and critical thinking skills for active citizenship and employment.
Despite Namibia’s classification as a “lower middle income” economy, huge disparities still exist. Namibia is ranked as one of the lowest countries in terms of income/asset distribution in the world, and the Government of Namibia cites “high and persistent unemployment,” estimated to be as high as 34% of the population. Furthermore, an expanding urban population, primarily youth seeking improved economic opportunities, is expected to rise significantly from 43% in 2006 to 75% by 2030. This places an incredible strain on resources and reinforces the importance of education, a struggling sector which is currently facing numerous challenges including budget cuts.
You will be assigned to one of the upper primary or secondary schools in Namibia. Schools at this level range in size from about 300 to 1,000 students and offer instruction in grades 4-12. These schools are located throughout the country and Peace Corps Volunteers teach throughout every region in Namibia, often in remote, rural areas.
The mathematics curriculum is roughly the same as in U.S. schools for grades 6-12. Students are expected to study algebra, geometry, logarithms and differential equations in their respective grades.
As a Volunteer, you will be under the direct supervision of the principal of the school. The weekly load for teachers can vary, but the expectation is to teach 70% of the time. Some math teachers are also asked to assist in teaching Information Communication (IC) and basic computers, arts, life skills, and occasionally English. As a valued staff member, you may also be nominated to committees that work on various aspects of administering and organizing the school. The remaining 30% of your time may come from extracurricular activities organized outside of school, such as track and field, games such as netball, soccer, and volleyball, boxing, drama, or boys and girls clubs.
This assignment will require a high level of motivation, initiative, and patience. It will also require a certain level of confidence in your abilities, an enthusiasm for working with students of different age groups (which may vary from 12-20 years old), and adults (co-teachers), as well as a good deal of creativity and flexibility. Education Volunteers will promote the principles of a learner-centered approach, focusing on interactive teaching and learning. The Namibian Education system also includes the promotion of social responsibility, arts, gender awareness, respect of cultural values, environmental awareness, and national reconciliation.
The HIV/AIDS epidemic, with a National prevalence rate of 12.6 % (Sentinel Survey 2016), is exacerbated by and further contributes to poverty in Namibia. As a result of this pervasive public health issue, you will likely play a role in helping to improve the quality of life of individuals living with and or affected by HIV and AIDS through promotion of HIV prevention activities and healthy life skills education.
You will receive training on gender challenges in Namibia as well as how to appropriately engage in HIV-related work and you will have the opportunity to implement activities that are contextually appropriate in both of these areas. As part of your work, you will also report on these efforts and their impact.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check