By Faith Haushona-Kavamba
WHAT started off as merely as a tutoring project to help learners who were struggling in school, has become one of the leading schools in Namibia.
“Back in 2004, we were merely an afternoon part-time centre assisting learners… By realising how we could contribute to better quality education through our practical teaching methods, we officially opened a registered school in 2005,” Oscar Muyambo, the creative director of Tanben College said.
The private school was founded with the aim of improving the quality of education of their learners.
“What truly sets us apart from most private schools is the fact that we are integrating compulsory technology and multimedia interaction in our school. We are also one of the few schools in Namibia that offers French at both primary and secondary school levels,” Muyambo said.
For the past five years, the school has received awards from the Ministry of Education for being one of the most improved educational institutions in the country.
Teachers Leopold Svotwa, Jean Claude Takam and Dorothy Nerwande were among those who received awards from the Ministry this year for their exceptional work in History, French and English this year.
The three teachers all stressed that hard work and going the extra mile for their learners, while exploring new teaching methods as the key to their success.
“I always believe in the notion of failing to prepare is as good as preparing to fail. I constantly collect great and useful materials that make it easier for my learners to learn and apply their knowledge in real life,” Nerwande explained.
“I tell my students that difficulty is a perception for those who do not try. If you have proper guidance you can learn almost anything in life. This motivates them to see possibility instead of reaffirming self-defeating words,” Takam said.
“This experience has helped me set targets and keep on focusing on the targets. It has taught me to try and inspire learners as good as I can,” Svotwa stressed.
Becoming one of the best improved schools nationwide is however not without its own challenges.
“Our challenges are issues such as ensuring our learners achieve great results, converting E students into B students and modernising our educational system in order to bring about greater efficiency,” Muyambo said.
He pointed out that any institution can achieve great results by only working with A and B students, unlike them who cater for all.
The school is currently hard at work setting up structures which will aid them in fully integrating technology into all their classrooms which stimulate the use of E-learning. This initiative will be officially launched.
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