Namibia: Government urged to recognize the importance of life skills teachers

Teachers urged the government to recognize the impact and importance of life skills teachers in reporting abuse of children.

Teachers who responded to an article on child violence published last week in New Era have no law to protect them by exposing child violence within the school community, and they endanger their lives. He said he felt he was.

“We need to do our best to stay there for our children in order to grow them in this country. As life skills teachers, we report sensitive cases and Report the violence in the community to learners. We are asking the government to open their eyes and investigate them. “

Last week, Gender Equality Minister Doreen Shioka said that about 45% of men and 40% of women between the ages of 18 and 24 experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence as a child.

Some unnamed teachers say they are aware of the 2017 Whistleblower Protection Act 10, which should provide for investigation into disclosure of improper conduct and protection of whistleblowers.

But they say the law does not completely protect them in the community and should be extended.

“It is very important that we work as a group in an environment that does not discriminate against the status or position of people in society and does not discriminate against prominent officials or public figures in order to curb the rise of this evil illness,” said one teacher. Emphasized.