Yen turns dollars into classrooms
With the help of the Japanese Embassy in Windhoek, two schools in Owamboland received a substantial boost when several more classrooms were added to the existing school buildings.
At Udeiko Haufiku Junior Primary School in the Ohangwena Region and at Iilyateko Combined School in the Omusati Region, additional classrooms were constructed, funded by the Japanese Government. Four classrooms and a storeroom were added to Udeiko Haufiku while Iilyateko got three classrooms and a storeroom. In addition, both schools received school furniture.
HE Hideyuki Sakamoto, Ambassador of Japan to Namibia, handed the new buildings and furniture funded through the Japanese Government’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security (GGP) Programme, to the Governors of the Ohangwena and Omusati Regions at a ceremony held last week.
Ambassador Sakamoto presented the building at Udeiko Haufiku Junior Primary to Hon. Usko Nghaamwa, Governor of the Ohangwena Region as the representative of the people in the region.The ceremony was attended by high level officials, learners, teachers and community members. The costs came to just over N$1 million.
A day later, at a ceremony at Iilyateko Combined School, the presentation was made to the Director of Education of the Omusati Regioni, Mr Leonard Shapange. This project came to N$861,000.
The Embassy said “The Government of Japan believes that provision of classrooms and an appropriate educational environment is one of the most urgent priorities for Namibia. To date, the Embassy of Japan has supported 28 schools.”