Olivia Ebas is an Educator and Trainer with Media and Information Literacy and Learning Initiative (MiLLI*), Namibia. Olivia has trained several young people to become Facilitators in MiL education, empowering them to train other young people on the continent of Africa, particularly Namibia and Ghana.
Born on the 4th May 1989, Olivia grew up in the dusty streets of Katutura in Windhoek, Namibia. She was raised by her mom as a single parent with her other six (6) siblings. She learned the value of hard work at a young age. Olivia’s mother supported her and siblings by selling fruits and small goods at the local market, a place that quickly became a second home.
After completing high school in 2007, it was her dream to attend university to become a Chemist. Unfortunately, her mother couldn’t financially support her, so she compromised for a less expensive option: Records and Archives Management. After completing her diploma in 2010, she proceeded to pursue a degree in Library and Information Science with second major in Industrial Psychology in 2013. While in university, Olivia received an opportunity to attend a course on Social Media and Health Information Literacy at the University of the Western Cape, in Cape Town. Due to this experience, her character and personality grew stronger and focused towards gaining skills to be an advocate for women empowerment in any sphere of her life.
Her first job was as an Archivist Assistant in one of the most reputable institutions in the country, the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation. After three months at NBC, she was offered a job at the Ministry of Education in Library Services, as a Librarian. She has been there ever since. Olivia continued to challenge herself by furthering her studies at Antlantic International University, Hawaii for a Masters degree in Project Management.
In 2016 Olivia signed up for a media and information literacy short course program offered by The College of Arts, Namibia through an initiative called Media and Information Literacy Learning Initiative (MiLLi*) and sponsored by Deutsche Welle Akademie. As a result of her passion and love for the work she pursued an interest in media literacy as a facilitator and now Educator/Trainer with MiLLi* .
Olivia currently serve as a Board member for the MiLLi Board of Trustees, serving since 2017. She continue her work with MiLLi till date, traveling to Accra, Ghana to train MiL Facilitators.
Olivia considers herself as a down to earth person, very open and respectful to her cultural traditions. She loves sports such as volleyball and netball, also enjoying soccer and basketball. In her spare time she likes to read newspapers and motivational books. It is her wish to become a professor before retiring, however for now she wants to experience managing various projects especially in line with civic education and community development.