Mine foundation boosts Erongo education

From the left are Swakop Uranium’s Director for Business Support Mr Yang Gang, the Erongo Education Director Mr John /Awaseb, Erongo Governor Hon Cleophas Mutjavikua, Swakop Uranium Vice President for HR and Business Support Mr Percy McCallum, Chief Education officer Mrs Natalia Guriras, and Swakop Uranium Remuneration Manager Mrs Beata Muteka.

The education directorate in the Erongo Region received a massive boost last week when new uranium miner, Swakop Uranium through its foundation, contributed N$100,000 in support of regional education. The mine and the education directorate signed a Memorandum of Understanding, outlining future cooperation between the two.

The Memorandum of Understanding is intended to facilitate collaboration in programmes to improve the standard of education in the Erongo region.
The Erongo Regional Directorate of Education and the Swakop Uranium Foundation agreed that the foundation will provide assistance to primary and secondary schools in Arandis, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.
Erongo Governor Hon Cleophas Mutjavikua said “To have high calibre graduates, the country needs a sound primary and secondary education system. We value Swakop Uranium’s investment in the region and pledge our support for the company’s initiatives to uplift the communities in the region.”
Percy McCallum, Swakop Uranium’s Vice President: HR, Business Support said: “Swakop Uranium, through its foundation, is committed to assist the government to alleviate poverty by providing quality education to learners to have meaningful jobs or be self-employed and make a success of their careers.”
Signing on behalf of the Directorate, Regional Director, Mr John /Awaseb said he wants the region to have quality students who can be taken up for employment or receive bursaries. He highlighted the scarcity of qualified mathematics and science teachers as a big challenge, and expressed the wish that this would be addressed through the co-operation with the mine foundation.
Under the memorandum preference will be given to activities, events or programmes facilitated by the Directorate of Education such as the Erongo regional awards and science fairs. Improving science and mathematics tuition is also high on the list of priorities.