Namibia - education
Namibia - education, The four-part education system introduced by the
Independent, consisting of a lower primary school for 6-9 year olds, higher
primary school for 10-12 year olds, junior secondary school for 13-15 year olds
and senior secondary school for 16-17 year olds, was partially implemented in
the 1990's. The teaching, which is followed by almost 90%, still takes place in
English. Reform efforts include: intensification of teacher education, content
of teaching and expansion of schools. Illiteracy includes approximately 25% of the
adult population (2001), however, is declining.
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Higher education takes place at the University of Namibia in Windhoek and at
The Polytechnic of Namibia.
OFFICIAL NAME: Republic of Namibia
CAPITAL CITY: Windhoek
POPULATION: 2,200,000 (Source: COUNTRYaah)
AREA: 826,704 km²
OFFICIAL/OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: English, Afrikaans, German, approximately 30 African languages, especially
RELIGION: Protestants 57%, Catholics 17%, other Christians 7%, others (including
peoples' religions) 19%
CURRENCY: Namibia dollar
CURRENCY CODE: NAD
ENGLISH NAME: Namibia
POPULATION COMPOSITION: ovambo 51%, nama 13%, kavango 10%, herero 8%, whites (especially Africans)
6%, san 2%, other 10%
GDP PER CAPITA INH.: $ 5961 (2014)
LIFE EXPECTANCY: men 52 years, women 51.5 years (2014)
LIVING CONDITIONS INDEX, HDI: 0624
LIVING CONDITIONS INDEX, POSITION: 127
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Namibia, Republic of Southern Africa. Until 1990, Namibia was subject to
the apartheid regime in South Africa; after independence, rapid political and
economic development has begun. The land is dry and sparsely populated; large
areas are largely uninhabited. In several places there are significant mineral
deposits, especially diamonds and uranium.
Namibia - Constitution
Namibia Constitution, the Constitution of the Republic of Namibia, dating
from 1990, was unanimously adopted by a Constituent Assembly and a two-chamber
parliament; the constitution introduced a multiparty system.
The legislative power lies with the 78 members of the First Chamber, the
National Assembly, of whom 72 are elected by direct election for five years,
while six members who do not have the right to vote are appointed by the
president. The Second Chamber, the National Council, has a predominantly
advisory function. The council's 26 members, two from each of the 13 regional
councils, sit for six years.
The executive lies with the president, who is elected by direct election for
five years with the possibility of a re-election. In 1998, the Constitution was
exceptionally amended to allow a third re-election of the incumbent
president. The president heads the government with the help of a prime minister.
Namibia - mass media
Namibia - mass media, Namibia has a relatively free and developed
press. There are several newspapers and other print media in English and African
and a daily newspaper in German as well as both private and state radio and
The opposition has the opportunity to speak up, and there is also government
criticism in the media. The generally government-friendly English-language
newspaper The Namibian leads a partially critical line and has, for example,
brought stories of corruption.
The media is considered important for the social debate. The Media Institute
of Southern Africa, MISA, is located in Windhoek.