Hans Swatbooi is an extraordinary 44 year old who takes his education very seriously as a result of his dedication he won the award for the best first year student for 2014 at Polytechnic’s Award ceremony that took place earlier this year.
Swartbooi is now in second year at the Polytechnic and he hails from the Hardap Region in a small town called Maltahohe. Swartbooi attended Augustenuim Secondary School and after matriculating he enrolled at the Namibian Evangelistic Theological Seminary where he obtained a Diploma in Theology.
In 2013 Hans enrolled himself at Polytechnic when a friend encouraged him to pursue communications as he had a passion for helping his peers.
“When I wrote the selection test I aced it with 70% and since then I knew nothing could hold me back in excelling once I was accepted despite my age, I mean today I am the best in my class,” said Swartbooi.
Swartbooi has had struggles though at his age as he had to dig deep in his own pockets to further his studies with a family to feed on the side as well. Swartbooi said what kept him going were the people around who encouraged him and now he wants to make it a point to finish his degree.
Swartbooi is currently a community health promoter where he deals with communications in the health and information sector. The second year student said he wants to continue to sharpen his communications skills and would love to freelance as a journalist once he has everything pushed aside.