Advanced Peacekeeping English for Armed forces conducted
A three-week Intensive Military English Language Training for the 28 Namibian Defence Force participants was delivered by the British Council and funded by the British Peace Support Team (South Africa).
The training was in recognition of the need for effective communication in English regionally, nationally and internationally and the need to work towards ensuring human security and human rights, and supporting international peace keeping throughout the world.
The project provided capacity building by developing specialist curricula and materials, teacher and trainer training, promoting autonomous learning and developing testing systems to international standards.
The closing ceremony for the training was held late last month at the UNAM Khomasdal Campus, in Windhoek. Participants received certificates of attendance during this event, followed by a book donation from the British Peace Support Team to the NDF Library to the value of GB£ 1000.
One of the participants, Lt Col Rachel Iilonga said, “Today we can assure you that if chance comes our way and we are deployed in any UN Peace Keeping Mission, we will certainly be able to communicate without much hassle”.
This event was attended by the British High Commissioner, H.E. Mr Jo Lomas, Colonel Iain Warren, British Peace Support Team, based in South Africa and Mr Edward Hauanga, Deputy Director in the Directorate for Education and Civil Training at the Ministry of Defence, Namibia.
Currently, the British Council is a world leader in English Language Teaching and employs over 2,000 teachers in 80 centres worldwide and provides lessons for 300,000 learners each year. The council provides courses for teachers and English language improvement classes for adult professionals.
In Sub Saharan Africa in 2012 they delivered direct teaching to over 15,000 students of English in 16 countries. In addition, they have held Peacekeeping English Projects in Ethiopia, Rwanda, DRC, Burundi, Senegal, Djibouti and Mozambique.