Wednesday, February 5, 2020

SCECSAL 2020 officially launched!

By Sylvia Umana

The Twenty-Fourth Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and Southern
African Library and Information Associations (SCECSAL XXIV), also dubbed SCECSAL 2020, was officially launched on 4 February at the National Library of Namibia in Windhoek.

Ms. Edda Bohn Deputy Executive Director of Formal Education
 from the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture
The Deputy Executive Director of Formal Education, Ms. Edda Bohn, representing the Minister of Education, Arts and Culture as the Guest of Honour, officiated at the launch which was witnessed by over 40 participants from various institutions such as government ministries, universities, parastatals organizations as well as the media houses.

In her keynote speech, Ms. Bohn recapped the audience on Namibia’s Vision 2030 which is aimed at enabling the country to set up a vibrant knowledge economy by the end of this decade, a vision which requires access to information to all young and old alike. It also requires free access to ICTs and ICT Literacy as we journey towards this goal. Hence the relevance of this conference forthcoming at the time when all these important policy decisions are being implemented. She therefore concluded that, the success of SCECSAL 2020 is the success of Namibia and Africa in entirety.

The launch of SCECSAL 2020 primarily aimed to inform the participants on the progress, challenges and opportunities pertaining to the preparations of the upcoming conference to take place on 20-24 April 2020 in Windhoek, Namibia.

The SCECSAL 2020 National Organizing Committee Chairperson, Dr. Chiku
Members of the National Organising Committee
Mnubi-Mchombu, highlighted the progress made thus towards arrangements to hots the conference in Namibia. This includes establishment of Sub-Committees which are tirelessly working towards the preparations of the conference, the registrations of over 100 participants who showed interest in attending the conference, the review of all the papers to be presented at the conference, as well as securing support from a few sponsors/partners.

The chairperson also acknowledged the support received various partners who
have sponsored some aspects of the conference arrangements. These include the Namibia Library and Information Council (NLIC), the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), Emerald Publishing, International University of Management (IUM), the Goethe-Institut, Elsevier Publishing and the Namibia College of Open Learning (NAMCOL).

Organizations interested in sponsoring any aspects of the conference with any form of sponsorship are welcome and should contact the Chairperson of the National Organizing Committee at the following address:

Dr Chiku Mnubi-Mchombu
National Organizing Committee
Windhoek, Namibia
Tel: +264 (0)61-2063664

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Professor Katjavivi to officiate as guest of honour at SCECSAL 2020 conference

Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi (middle) with some
members of the National Organazing Committe
for SCECSAL 2020 conference
Honourable Professor Peter Hitjitevi Katjavivi, the Speaker of the National
Assembly of the Republic of Namibia, will be the guest of honour at the opening ceremony of the twenty-fourth Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and Southern African Library and Information Associations (SCESSAL) to be held in Windhoek, Namibia, from 20 to 24 April.

Hon. Katjavivi has an illustrious career in academia and politics and has contributed immensely to nation building in Namibia.

From 1992 to 2003 he served as the founding Vice-Chancellor of the University of Namibia and transformed a previously segregated academic institution into a national university with relevant programmes that are increasingly accessible to all Namibians. Currently he also the founding Chancellor of the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST).

He also served as Namibia’s ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, The Netherlands, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the European Union (2003-2006), and ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany (2006–2008).

Hon. Katjavivi was also a Member of the Constitutional Committee (1989-1990) that drafted the Republic of Namibia’s Constitution, and a signatory to the Constitution.

The Namibian Information Workers Association (NIWA) will be hosting the SCECSAL conference for the second time, in the history of both NIWA and SCECSAL, having hosted the fifteenth SCECSAL conference in 2000 on the theme – “Information 2000: a Vision for the SCECSAL region”.

Paper presenters at this year’s SCECSAL conference will come from the SCECSAL region and beyond and more than 350 library and information professionals are expected to attend the conference at the Safari Park Hotel, which was also the venue for the 2000 conference.

Visit the SCECSAL 2020 website for  online registration, Call for International Exhibitors, and Call for Posters (deadline is 28 February 2020).