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Spring 2003

ADVANCING DEMOCRACY, DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE:

Norway/Namibia Project grows with teacher training, courses and study tour

Students research human rights in Namibia, and PLU professors train Namibian teachers in rural schools as part of the growing program to study the Nordic approach to peace and democracy."The Norway/Namibia Project offers a truly unique opportunity to study issues of economic development, justice, and peace from multiple perspectives," said PLU President Loren J. Anderson, who led a delegation on a Namibian study tour during J-Term.


Primary school students in rural Okakarara greet PLU students who toured the rarely visited village.

The program was established in 2001 by PLU, Hedmark University College in Norway and the University of Namibia to enable students to become world citizens, aware of global problems and committed to creating constructive responses to these problems in the spirit of democracy and peace

In addition to the tour, professors trained teachers in rural Namibia last semester, and 13 PLU students participated in Human Rights and Development in Namibia during J-Term. The students met with children infected with AIDS, heard from political leaders, visited African villages and studied the processes and problems of guaranteeing civil liberties in developing societies. These photos by students and others tell the story of the remarkable work being done as part of this program.

Below are a selection pictures from their journey, as viewed in Scene. For more photos and coverage from the trip, visit www.plu.edu/encore.


President Anderson, Birgit Andresen, Norway’s Namibia Association twinning officer and PLU study tour guide, and former South West Africa Peoples Organization (SWAPO) leader Uazavara Katjivena. Katjivena shared Namibia's history with the study tour. Photo by Elaine Grinnell.


Jan Brekke, Norway/Namibia Project Advisory board member, tours the Tsumeb Cultural Village, an open-air museum of homesteads of Namibian tribes, with Tsumeb’s Director of Tourism Mr. Kasiringua. Photo by MaryAnn Anderson.

President Loren J. Anderson and University of Namibia Vice Chancellor Peter Katjavivi discuss the PLU/Norway/Namibia partnership. Photo by Karin Anderson ’99

Paula Leitz reviews English instruction with Ondao Mobile School teachers. Photo by Steve Leitz

Students complete work at one of the mobile schools in rural Opuwa. The OvaHimba are one of the most isolated ethnic groups in Southern Africa, but the mobile schools allow teachers to come to them. The Ondao Mobile School project was started and is administered by Norway’s Namibia Association (NAMAS). USAID is funding professors from PLU, University of Namibia and Hedmark University College to train teachers in Namibia to provide culturally relevant curriculum to the OvaHimba learners, who have been designated as "marginalized" by the Namibian government. OvaHimba women wear ochre, a clay mixture, that colors their skin, protects them from the sun and is a sign of beauty. PLU faculty participating include: Paula Leitz, associate dean of the PLU School of Education, and Associate Professors of Education Jan Lewis, Louette McGraw and Sue Yerian. Photo by Doug Page

The presidential delegation reunited with many successful Namibian alumni during the tour. Pictured are former campus pastor and development officer Ron Tellefson and his wife, Eileen; Kuuva Kongeli ’91, senior forensics controller for the Department of Home Affairs; Louisa Mupetami ’92, deputy director of scientific services for the Ministry of Environment and Tourism; Edwin Tjiramba ’94, director of communications and marketing at the University of Namibia; Lahja Kandongo ’94, chief reporter for the Namibian Broadcast Corporation; Penda Naanda ’92, the personal assistant to the Minister for Foreign Affairs; MaryAnn and Loren Anderson. Photo by Doug Page

Rob Rydberg ’03 visits with children at Catholic AIDS Action in Katutura. Children there are either HIV positive or the children of HIV positive parents. Another student, Robin Dudley ’06, completed a two-day service project at the center. Photo by Amanda Bieber ’03

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