“The Chinese government regards education as an important field for China-Africa Cooperation and has provided a lot to improve the quality of education of Namibia,” he said.
This is evident through the execution of key education programs and interventions.
At the moment, China has deployed six Chinese professors teaching at the University of Namibia’s Confucius Institute, launched in 2013, according to Xin.
“In addition, since 1994, the Chinese government each year offers scholarships to Namibian students to study in China for Bachelor degrees and Master degree courses. To date, there are over 150 Namibian students in China, studying economics, medicine and marine resources amongst others,” he said.
Locally, development of training facilities has been planned. “These include the just completed Defense Academy Project while construction of Phase 2 of Youth Training Center in Grootfontein has also started,” said the ambassador.
At formal schooling level, China, through the China Youth Development Foundation (CYDF), handed over the China-aided Talismanus Primary School in Namibia’s Omaheke Region, to the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture in September, Xin said.
“The school was constructed with an 12 million Namibian dollars (1 million U.S. dollars) grant the Ministry received from China Youth Development Foundation (CYDF) as part of the Hope Project Going into Africa,” he added.
In the meantime, construction of another China-aided school in Namibia’s capital, Windhoek’s Otjomuise suburb, is near completion. Enditem