24. March 2017 / Omaheke Colouring book as download
Educators and artists from Suni e.V. have developed the Omaheke Colouring book. A special thanks to Sandra Barth, Sofia Lubbe, Hedwig Kauaria and Barbara Scharfbillig. The Omaheke Colouring book is available at the Omaheke Regional Council, the Light for the Children Center and Suni e.V.
Get your free download today!
4. October 2016 / Suni e.V. visits the German Ambassador in Windhoek
“In honour of German voluntary commitment to social development in Namibia”, was written on the invitations received by our members of the board Vernon Malumani, Patricia Ndjavera and Barbara Scharfbillig for their visit at the German embassy in Windhoek. Celebrating the Day of German Unity the embassy honoured German organizations and persons, who commit themselves above average in Namibia. We are very proud to have received this honour and would like to share it with everyone who supports us. You guys rock! Thank you!.
October / Workshops and training for pre-school teachers of the Omaheke Region
„This is an opportunity you should not miss“; this is how Abedi Kaiko, deputy of the ministry for women and health announced one of the workshops Suni e.V. hosted in the Omaheke Region. And really: the came! The women.
49 teachers came from all over Omaheke to a workshop, which Suni e.V. hosted in cooperation with the directorate of education and local partners in Gobabis. Barbara Scharfbillig and Hedwig Kauaria have been working almost a year together with the “Kunst für Bildung” / “Art for education”-Team on new learning material for pre-schools and where overwhelmed with the response to the new material. Barbara was impressed: “Never would I have thought that that many teachers would come to our workshop and would travel from places as far as Eiseb.”
Additionally to the central workshop in Gobabis three more workshops took place in Tsjaka, Epako and Aminuis, where 32 teachers participated. “The feedback was very positive”, said Remisia Ndjaba, who works for our partner Ngoma Consulting and organized one of the workshops. Only through the cooperation of the local partners it was possible to produce the learning material either in Namibia or import it from Germany. The demand was that big, that the number of copies were just enough. Suni e.V. was also asked to host seven more workshops and was offered one institutional partnership.
2. October / Workshop at the Light for the Children Center
The Light for the Children Center and Suni e.V. have officially declared their partnership, giving this cooperation a perspective until 2020. At this occasion a workshop was hosted by the “Kunst für Bildung” / “Art for education”-team to introduce the teachers of the center to the use of new pre-school learning material. We are very happy to collaborate with the Light for the Children Center and are looking forward to support them in the future.
September 2016 // Creating the Suni Annual Calendar 2017
This month we start to compile the Suni e.V. calendar for the year 2017 which offers a variety of pictures taken by our volunteers, staff members as well as teachers and learners from our partner institutions in the Omaheke region. The profit will go 100% to our projects and partner institutions! Orders go to: email@example.com, starting November 1, 2016.
24th -26th June 2016 // Volunteer Reunion and Annual General Meeting
Last weekend of June there was a gathering of volunteers, board members and partners of Suni e.V. for the annual staff meeting at Tagungshaus Glasdreieck e.V. in Hanover. Sixteen participants critically examined the work and projects of the preceding year and discussed a presentation on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. The group discussion focused on Goal 4 of the SDGs (Ensure inclusive and
quality education for all and promote lifelong learning) and inhowfar the work of Suni e.V. lives up to this goal. Moreover, the president of the German-Namibian Society (DNG) Klaus A. Hess gave a detailed lecture on the current negotiations about the genocide and reparation payments in Namibia. Furthermore, the new Suni e.V. board was elected. The board members are as following: Susanne Kreis, Lisa Niemann, Stefanie Knapp, Alissa Jahn, Barbara Scharfbillig, Jonas Lucas, Maren Michels, Patricia Ndjavera, and Vernon Malumani. We are very happy to welcome a second Namibian member on the board of Suni e.V. Vernon Malumani was present at this year’s annual meeting as well as the workshop in Hannover. We would like to thank Antje Waldschmidt and Lukas Green for their work performed on the board. Many thanks also to Maren Michels and Alissa Jahn for the organization of the workshop, Roger and Linda Bullen of the Catherine Bullen Foundation, to Elsemi Owage (University of Cologne) and Klaus Hess (DNG) for their inspiring presentations. Roger and Linda Bullen
were appointed as Members of Honor of Suni e.V.
February - April 2016// Renovation of the hostel at Morukutu Primary School
Together with some learners and the volunteer coordinator Mr. Mbatara all four dormitories of the hostel at Morukutu Primary School were renovated. Also, the walls were painted with murals.
Together with the heads of the hostel the use of spare donations was decided: missing blankets, washtubs, hair trimmers and cooking bowls were bought for the use in the hostel.
March 2016 // Annual Evaluation and Teacher Workshop in Gobabis
In the course of this year´s annual evaluation of the Suni e.V. volunteer program all partner institutions of Suni e.V. in Namibia were visited. Together with the principals and volunteer cordinators, the Suni e.V. volunteer program was reflected critically. In addition to this evaluation, a small teacher workshop was held in Gobabis.
March 2016 // Art Project at Gobabis Project School
In cooperation with the Namibian artist Silverius Olibile and the German teacher Susanne Kreis an art project funded by Suni e.V. and „Kunst für Bildung“ (Art for Education) took place at the Gobabis Project School. The art project took place in two parts. All grade 4 classes created a poster showing a hand of each learner. The hand stands as a symbol of community which should strengthen the feeling of „belonging somewhere“ – which is very important at a school where many learners are absent sometimes for week, due to personal circumstances. The second part of the project took place in the afternoons and was open to all learners of the school. Main topic was the life of children from Epako. The children painted their homes, their neighbourhoods, their culture and their future dreams were created. Purpose of the exercise was to let children use nonverbal expression. In appreciation of the learner’s work, the pictures were part of an exhibition of the annual independence day celebration at their school.
March - April 2016 // Construction of an outdoor kitchen at Gobabis Project School
An outdoor kitchen was built to ensure the daily food supply for the learners of the Gobabis Project School. A Namibian construction company was hired to build the kitchen. This company only employs young men from Epako; therefore the money spent was invested in the immediate neighbourhood. Within 14 days all construction material was bought and the kitchen built.
27.-29. November 2015 // "Where do you go next?" "Namibia!"
At the end of November, Barbara Scharfbillig and Susanne Kreis (Suni e.V.) held a workshop in preparation for stays and voluntary work in Namibia. In the course of this three-day workshop, light has been cast on many different aspects of Namibia, as for instance its languages and cultures, its history, its education system, HIV/Aids and health issues. Furthermore, topics such as voluntourism have been discussed.
We wish all participants a wonderful time in Namibia and say thank you again to all external speakers and former volunteers.
November 2015 // The Suni Annual Calendar 2016 can be ordered after November 10th!
The Suni e.V. calendar for the year 2016 is out and offers you a variety of pictures taken by our volunteers, staff members as well as teachers and learners from our partner institutions in the Omaheke region. The profit will go 100% to our projects and partner institutions! Orders go to: firstname.lastname@example.org
October 2015 // New volunteers for Otjivero Primary School and Nossob PS in Witvlei
Magdalena and Elena are our new Suni e.V.-volunteers at Otjivero Primary School. They teach Mathematics and English and promote literacy in an afternoon project. Prior to their stay in Namibia, they managed to collect donations from family and friends and finance new locks for the schools storeroom.
Sabine is our new volunteer at Nossob Primary School and assists local teachers in class, particularly the English class, and teaches some units independently. In the picture you can see Magdalena Herbrand and Elena Murk together with learners from Otjivero PS.
July 2015 // Annual Report Suni e.V. 2014
Find our Annual Report of 2014 here.
12th -14th June 2015 // Volunteer Reunion and Annual General Meeting
Mid-June, Suni e.V. staff and volunteers came together at the volunteer reunion and annual general meeting in Michelsneukirchen in Upper Palatinate, Bavaria. Thirteen participants examined last year's work and projects critically which was followed by talks and discussions on the workshop's topic "Challenges of the Namibian school system". In small teams an evaluation on how projects supported by Suni e.V. could work towards minimizing these challenges was held. The priorities of Suni e.V.'s projects for 2015/2016 were adopted accordingly. In addition, two other teams worked again on the topic of "Violence at our partner schools" and on the revision of the Suni e.V. guidelines for the production and acceptance of project applications. The annual general meeting elected a new board on Saturday, 13th June. It now includes Antje Waldschmidt, Susanne Kreis, Lukas Green, Barbara Scharfbillig, Jonas Lucas, Maren Michels, Alissa Jahn, Lisa Niemann and Patricia Ndjavera. For the first time we have the pleasure of welcoming a Namibian member in our board. Furthermore, we would like to thank Stefanie Knapp and Vanessa Derichs for their commitment and dedication as former board members. Many thanks go also to Susanne Kreis for organizing the workshop, as well as to the Bauernhof Paulus in Michelsneukirchen for the support.
1. June 2015// Newsletter 2/2015
The Newsletter of Suni e.V.
1. May 2015 // "Very Fresh Namibian Photographers"
Whoever wants to get an inside look into the life of young people in the Omaheke region, has the possibility to purchase a photo album, edited by graphic designer Chris Pauli and the students of the Morukutu Primary School. In return of a small donation of 14 Euro for the Morukutu Primary School, the photo book „Very fresh Namibian Photographers“ can be ordered at email@example.com.
April 2015 // New water tank for Morukutu Primary School
Suni e.V staff member Susanne Kreis coordinated the equipment acquisition for the Morukutu P.S. and its hostel in Otjiyarwa. A water tank, sixty blankets and a bath tub have been purchased for the hostel by Suni e.V. The school likes to thank all donors.
February 2015// New volunteer for Morukutu Primary School
Since the beginning of February our member of board Susanne Kreis and Mareike Bausenwein (student of special education) are assisting at Morokutu Primary School. Prior to her stay in Namibia, Susanne managed to collect donations to support and finance several projects at the school. Besides, Susi will assist Suni e.V. staff member Sarah Monzel in organizing a teacher workshop for the volunteer coordinators of the Suni e.V. partner schools.
On the picture is Mareike together with learners from Morukutu.
January 2015// New volunteer for Otjivero Primary School
Lena Nowotny is our new volunteer at Otjivero Primary School. She is going to assist the local teachers until the end of the school term and is working with children with learning disabilities, concentrating on literacy and first reading exercises.
December 2014 // The Suni Annual Calendar 2015 is out now!
The Suni e.V. calendar for the year 2015 is out and offers you a variety of pictures taken by our volunteers, staff members as well as teachers and learners from our partner institutions in the Omaheke region. The profit will go 100% to our projects and partner institutions! Orders go to: firstname.lastname@example.org
October 2014 // Annual Report 2013
To achieve a more open and transparent organization, Suni e.V. issues once a year an Annual Report. The English version is finally out now - better late than never.
September 2014 // Neue Freiwillige an der Nossob Primary School in Witvlei
Laura Peters and Nastasja Lange are the new volunteers at Nossob Combinded School in Witvlei. For the following months, they will support the teachers in their daily teaching routine and offer afternoon activities for the pupils.
In the picture you can see Laura and Nastasja together with Mister Tjizepe, who works voluntarily as a volunteer coordinator for Suni e.V.
29. - 31. August 2014 // Volunteer Reunion and Annual General Meeting
This year’s workshop and annual general meeting took place from August 29th to 31st and brought Suni eV. volunteers, members and staff together in Konz-Hamm, Germany. The 18 participants evaluated last year’s projects, discussed differentiated media coverage of our work and the distorted image of "Africa" in western media. Moreover, last year’s topic “Violence at our partner schools” and its present state was discussed and evaluated.
The annual general meeting elected a new board on Saturday: It now includes Vanessa Derichs, Antje Waldschmidt, Stefanie Knapp, Barbara Scharfbillig, Jonas Lucas, Maren Michels and Susanne Kreis. We would like to thank Sarah Monzel, Christian Paech, Jennifer Rozeboom, Alissa Jahn and Sophia Dressler for their work and commitment to the board during the last year. We would also like to thank Roger and Linda Bullen from the “Catherine Bullen Foundation” for their presentation and the agreement on future cooperation. Furthermore, we thank Nadine Rössel and Antje Waldschmidt for organizing the workshop and Barbara Scharfbillig and Maren Michels for their support.
July 2014 // New volunteer for Nossob Primary School
Anna Wagner is our new volunteer at Nossob Priomary School (since May). She assists local teachers in class and teaches some units independently. Anna also offers projects in the afternoon, for instance a craft and learning workshop about the African comtinent for girls from grade three to five. The first Africa puzzle is already completed!
On the picture you see Anna with some of her learners in Witvlei.
6. May 2014 // Our English flyer version is out!
If you need any Suni e.V. advertising material please send an email to email@example.com. A special thank you goes to Jens Buthut (www.cuba-design.com) for his support!
April 2014 // "Omaheke Memory“ just arrived in Namibia
The new “Omaheke Memory“ just arrived in Witvlei, Gobabis and Omitara. “We had complains from pre-primary teachers that the working material is mainly adapted to Europe and not to the livestyle of Namibian children. Therefore, we developed our own material. Pictures from donkey karts or camelthorn trees make it much easier for children in the Omaheke region to recognise the different cards of the memory“, explains Susanne Kreis from Suni e.V.
The “Omaheke Memory“ will be distrubuted to all partner schools from Suni e.V. in the Omaheke region.
The photo shows pre-primary children from Witvlei playing with the "Omaheke Memory".
4. August 2013 // Firts volunteer for the Light for the Children Centre
The Light for the Children Centre in Gobabis (Epako) received their first volunteer from Suni e.V. Corinna Seer, a German social care worker, will assist the local team for three months.
1. June 2013 // Art project "Kunst für Bildung" (art for education)
"We would like to make a book about friendship and we would like YOU to write it!"
The "Kunst für Bildung" team is looking for students from grade four to six to participate in a writing project about FRIENDSHIP. More information on the current flyer. Teachers from Namibia are welcome to ask the Suni e.V. team for support.
20. May 2013 // Results of the research "Language diversity of pre-primary learners in Epako"
The research paper summarizes the results on the diversity of primary languages among pre-primary learners in Epako, the district capital of the Omaheke region in Namibia. It includes 16 pre-primary institutions and shows the overall outcome of the questionnaire for pre-primary learners, evaluated on 22. March 2013. During the research period, the primary languages of 466 pre-primary learners were identified.
Altogether, 76,4% of the questioned pre-primary learners have the possibility to receive primary education in their primary languages Khoekhoegowab and Othjiherero at schools in Epako. Children speaking Afrikaans, Ju/’hoansi, Naro, Oshiwambo, Rukwangali and other languages do not have access to mother tongue education in Epako.
According to the National Curriculum for Basic Education (Namibian Ministry of Education 2008), the number of pre-primary learners speaking Ju/'hoansi and Oshiwambo is high enough to implement grade 1 classes or multi-grade classes with mother tongue education in 2014. For detailed results please contact KONTAKT@SUNI-EV.DE.
7. April 2013 // Educational workshop in Gobabis
Suni e.V. organised a 2-day educational workshop for volunteer coordinators and teachers of Suni e.V. partner schools, that took place on the first weekend in April under the direction of Vanessa Derichs, Sarah Monzel and Antje Waldschmidt. The workshops' main goals were
to broaden the knowledge of the organisation itself, its values and overall goals
to better understand the volunteer program, especially the integration and supervision of the e.V. Suni volunteers from Europe
to impart knowledge in topics such as special education and
to serve as a networking platform for Suni e.V. partners and volunteer coordinators.
volunteer coordinators and teachers of the Suni e.V. partner schools in Namibia participated in the workshop as well as several external referees, such as Ulrike von Krosigk (program manager "weltwaerts") from the GIZ (special thanks!!). The workshop provided a lot of opportunities to discuss and debate. Many new ideas were brought in and all results were achieved that we looked for – now it’s up to Suni e.V. and the partner schools to implement them!
27. November 2012 // Suni e.V. calendar
The new Suni e.V. calendar is coming soon. The calendar is available for 7 Euro. Order via KONTAKT@SUNI-EV.DE
26. Oktober 2012 // Suni e.V. facebook page in English and German
For a better inclusion of Namibians in our organisation we created a new facebook page to inform about our work and our projects. Communication in German and English ensures the possibility of participation for everyone.
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