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Convention on the Rights of the Child in Education Campaign 2011 

Following the success of the Listen Loud campaign held in 2009 which covered various issues affecting young people, the “Listen Loud for Education” campaign 2011 used an innovative and creative way to gather learners’ opinions specifically focused on issues of Education in Namibia through mobile phone technology. The technological core of the project was an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) application that allows a caller to make a toll-free call to a prescribed number, listen to instructions in the language of their choice and choose an opinion that is closest to their personal opinion.

The project was initiated in support of Namibia’s ratification and implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), a core principle of which is to ensure the state’s devotion to the best interest of the child, to be realized through ensuring the rights of all children and youth to participate and to give opinions in all matters that affect their lives.

Topics 2011

The topics were broadly be categorized according to National Development Policies and the Millennium Development Goals related to education, such as enrollment issues, causes of drop outs, repetition rates, teacher absenteeism, quality of education, school environment, the cost for schooling, issue of corporal punishment and abuse at schools etc.

The results of the poll were analyzed by the Namibian Institute for Democracy (NID) on a weekly basis and shared with the public through the media as well as the NID’s website.  The data was also utilized in the second phase of the project, where Study Circles were be established in selected schools in two pilot regions to further support the improvement of education provision. A final report was compiled and distributed to the public, while providing the foundation for discussion points at the National Education Conference, held in June 2011 and attended by key stakeholders in education sector. 



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