Talent Development for Kids in Namibia-2012









Our Logo (Designed by Roya Klingner)

The Goal of this Project will be develop the Talents and Creativity of children in Namibia.

The Talent Development for Kids in Namibia Project aims to:

  • Identify and nuturing talented students and Training who are sufficiently advanced.
  • Develop performing, creative, problem solving, education, musical, entertainment skills and more.
  • Teacher training and workshops.
  • Create situations in which students can rehearse and show their talents and abilities.
  • Assess the development of learners’ performing and creative skills progressively
  • Cultivate a culture of understanding about Gifted Education, Talent development and creativity.
  • Information and materials about Gifted Education in Schools


  • Gifted Education Awareness Week, March 12th -17th 2012 (International blogs, articles, …)
  • Music event (Namibian Musicians performing): June 2012 - for funds
  • Art Exhibition (Namibian Artist together with learners form different schools and entertainment by Local Musician): Sep 2012 - for funds - auction art
  • Creativity events for kids
  • Flyer and information leaflet for all schools in Namibia for the attention of the Gifted Education and Special Needs.
  • Information to all Musicians and Artist and possible sponsors.


Gifted Education Awareness Week, March 12th -17th 2012

March 12th 2012

Lisa Conrad (USA)

Gifted Parenting Support

Silvia v Biljon (Namibia)

Discovering Talents and Giftedness in Namibia

Thank Shara Lawrence-Weiss for her support!

Mommy Perks

March 13th 2012

Margaret Sutterland (Scotland)


Peter Lydon (Ireland)

Gifted and Talented Ireland

March 14th 2012

Leslie Graves (Ireland)

Namibia Gifted Education Awareness Week

Hilde Buys (Denmark)


March 15th 2012

Josh Shaine (USA)

Namibia Gifted Education Awareness Week

March 16th 2012

Jo Freitag (Australia)

Namibia, Cheetahs and Gifted Students

March 17th 2012

Roya Klingner (Germany)

Gifted Education Awareness Week in Namibia


Coordinators: Silvia van Biljon, Roya Klingner
  • Roya Klingner is the Head and Founder of Bavarian Center for Gifted and Talented Children (2008) and Iranian Center for Gifted and Talented Children (2010). She is the German Delegate in World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC), member of European Council for High Ability (ECHA) and member of International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE), Head & founder of the Global Center for Gifted and Talented Children(2012) and a Liaison of SENG. Roya Klingner has an unique and diverse background, having worked in all year levels and many specialist areas during a career in both Government and Independent schools in different countries and cultures over the past years. Her philosophy as an educator is a reflection of current best-practice teaching and learning. She has experience in the development and application of Professional Learning programs, assisting and supporting staff to implement new and innovative programs into their classrooms. Roya Klingner is a Solution Oriented Therapist for Gifted Children. The first president of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, Dr. Iraj Broomand, started a program for gifted and talented children in Iran 33 years ago. At that time, Roya Klingner was a little girl, who was different from other children of the same age. Her kindergarten teacher noticed her giftedness and advised her parents to send her to that school. After the iranian revolution she was forced to visit a "normal" school, where she was bored and unhappy. These experiences motivated her to find ways to spare other gifted children from making the same sad experiences.Her main interests in the field of talent development and excellence are underachievement, teacher trainings, learning and motivational training programs, development of creativity and solution oriented counseling for Gifted and Talented children. Her goal now is to support and help Gifted and Talented Children around the world.
  • Silvia van Biljon completed her school years in Namibia, thereafter she studied Psychology at University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. After completion of her degree, she worked in different areas in both schools and the corporate world.  She has experience in developing and application of programmes for children, including aptitude/IQ/personality testing and advice.  Furthermore she assist and supports adults with career testing through the use of psychometric testing. Silvia has worked for 10 years in schools, testing learners from different backgrounds.  Her main focus is to identify talents and help with development or greater achievement  (on pre-school, primary, secondary level) where necessary.  The last four years Silvia has been also involved with corporates.  Here her focus is on identifying talents, managements structures as well as to identify areas for further development.  As Silvia is from Namibia, she has a good understanding of Namibia's background and struggles.  Furthermore, she has a keen interest in children where, learning, motivation and creativity is the main objectives - which also is her motto in life.  Silvia van Biljon is very keen to implement her knowledge and creativity with Roya Klingner to help and support  all talented and gifted children in Namibia.

For Donations please use this following links: http://www.gcgtc.com/about-us/sponsors

Advertising in Namibia and rest of the World:

  • Maryna Piepmeyer: Graphic design and layouts (maryna@mail.com)
  • Radiowave: Anne Fleidl (news@radiowave.com.na)
  • Deutsches Hoefunk der NBC
  • Namibian Music and Gig Guide: Adam Brandon-Kirby (FB)
  • Online Advertising Namibia (FB)
  • International Gifted Education: Roya Klingner (FB)
  • Schulen, Kindergarten

Education in Namibia:
The Namibian Constitution provides for free education till the age of 16 or until completion of primary education.
English is the official language. During the lower primary schooling the medium of instruction is based on 12 different home languages, with English for the rest of the school and university career.
Children are supposed to start primary education at age 6, but some only start school at a later stage. Seven years of primary education plus 3 years of secondary education leads to a Junior Secondary School Certificate (also called Grade 10 ) . Subject to certain exceptions, Grade 10 cannot be repeated through formal school, and learners may end up in the non-formal education sector. After successful completion of 12 grades the learner is awarded the Senior Secondary Certificate qualification which can be either the International General Certificate of Education (IGCSE) or the Higher International General Certificate of Education (HIGCSE). IGCSE exam papers are set and marked in Namibia, but moderated by Cambridge. HIGCSE question papers are set, marked and moderated by the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
IGCSE grades: A B C D E F G
Equivalent points: 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
HIGCSE grades: 1 2 3 4
Equivalent points: 10 9 8 6
Minimum entry requirements for the University of Namibia is a pass in five subjects with 25 points on the point table, obtained in not more than 3 examination sittings. Score is calculated by adding the points of the 5 best subjects. English is compulsory and should be obtained at IGCSE (as a second language) grade C or better or grade D or better as a first language. If a specific subject is a pre-requisite for that faculty, that subject must also be one of the five subjects counted.
University of Namibia website address: http://www.unam.na
General admission to the Polytechnic of Namibia is based on completion of Grade 12 or equivalent with a maximum of 6 qualifying subjects with a score of at least 25 points on the evaluation scale.
Polytechnic website address: http://www.polytechnic.edu.na
VOCATIONAL TRAINING is provided by 6 vocational centres in basic technical skills. Certificates (N1 – N6)
Completion of Grade 10-12 is assisted by the Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL) which provides face to face and distance education after office hours.
HIGHER EDUCATION is mainly provided by the following Namibian institutions: 4 Teachers Training Colleges, 3 Colleges of Agriculture’
1 Police Training College, 1 Polytechnic and 1 National University.
  • National Certificate is awarded after 1 year of tertiary study.

Admission requirement is IGSCE/HIGCSE.
Certification - Polytechnic of Namibia and Agricultural Colleges:
  • National Higher Certificate : Duration 2 years.
  • Certification - Polytechnic of Namibia and Agricultural Colleges:
  • National Diploma:Duration:3 years. Admission requirement is National Higher Certificate.

Certification - Polytechnic of Namibia and Agricultural Colleges:
  • National Diploma in Engineering: Duration is 4 years at the Polytechnic.
  • B Tech degree

It is basically a 2-year continuation of National Diploma and is more practical oriented. Admission requirement is a 3-year National Diploma.
Offered in Nature Conservation and Agriculture. Planning to implement this in Accounting field as of 2001.
  • Teacher Training

Basic Education Teacher’s Diploma is a 3-year study for all teachers in Basic Education (Grade 1-10). Secondary School teachers are trained at the University of Namibia.
  • Bachelor’s Degree (UNAM) is conferred after four years of university study. Entry requirement is IGCSE with at least 5 passes including English. Mathematics & Science are required for entry into certain courses. To qualify for a four-year Bachelor degree a candidate must pass the approved modules/courses as prescribed by the Faculty regulations and satisfactorily complete at least 1600 instructional hours of study.

Classification: Grade - Interpretation - Mean % - Classification
A, distinction, 80 & above, first class
B, very good, 70 – 79, upper second
C, good, 60 – 69, lower second
D, satisfactory, 50 – 59, pass
Ministery of Education Namibia - http://www.moe.gov.na/
Education in Namibia - http://www.sacmeq.org/education-namibia.htm