Social Work Course Welcomes It's Global Students
Sixty (60) first year Social Work students, from six African and three European countries, attended a Departmental orientation recently at the Main Campus. Prof J Kangira, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, welcomed the students to the profession that is characterized by a commitment to social justice in the service of empowering individuals, families and communities to meet their needs. Annually, the Department of Social Work within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at UNAM, has an introductory ceremony for all its first year Social Work students.
The aim of the ceremony was to effectively orientate and support first year social work students in their journey to successfully complete their four years of studies. Students are sensitized on the essential skills, values and standards of professional conduct.
The diverse group of students hail from all corners of Namibia, as well as from Angola, Botswana, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Department also has exchange students from Germany, Sweden and Finland as a result of an active international partnership. Dr. Janet Ananias, Head of the Department, believes that the diverse student population enriches class discussions, which further enhances the learning process. “Students in this programme are diverse; representing a spectrum of cultures and life experiences. That range of differences enriches the classroom by creating a learning community that enhance growth and learning in an intellectually stimulating and culturally responsive environment”, says Dr. Ananias, herself a product of the Department.
UNAM’s response to the shortage of social workers in Namibia, is through an annual intake of 60 first year social work students. In addition to the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Work, the Department continues to have a remarkable postgraduate students output at Master’s level and PhD studies.