Rural schools receive new year gifts
Learners from two rural schools in the Omaheke Region this week donned their brand new school uniforms thanks to the Namibian German Special Initiative Programme (NGSIP). The learners also received other educational comforts and they celebrated the physical improvements at their respective schools.
The Deputy Minister of Economic and National Planning Commission, Hon Lucia Iipumbu presented the new year gifts to learners, teachers and residents of the two rural communities at Otjombinde and Otjinene in the Omaheke Regions, late last year.
The co-initiative between a German delegation started in November last year with a whirlwind four-day tour of Omaheke and Otjozondjupa regions to hand over four completed community initiated projects.
The infrastructure improvements were handed over as part of the continuing NGSIP programme to accelerate educational infrastructure development at targeted schools.
The NGSIP supported the construction of four fully-furnished hostels, ablution facilities, fully-equipped kitchens, dining halls, housing units for teachers, informal kitchens, as well as rehabilitation of the existing toilet block and dry latrines at a cost of around N$6 million.
The Helena Primary School in Otjombinde was the first to receive their gift. Iipumbu emphasised that school infrastructure remains a critical issue on the Namibian social agenda to provide equal access to quality education facilities.
“With the current rate of youth unemployment I believe that the only solution is the investment in the education of our children, which is especially key at primary school level for all further opportunities,” she said.
The deputy minister added that the learners should be encouraged to grab the opportunity to be educated.
“I say to each one of you that it is now your responsibility to make sure that you study hard, because if you don’t, you will be left behind,” Iipumbu cautioned while speaking at the handing over of completed school hostels and other educational infrastructure at the Otjinaueho Primary School in the Omaheke region.
“With the high rate of youth unemployment I believe that the only solution is investment in the education of our children, especially at the primary level,” she said.
The Head of Development Cooperation in the German Embassy, Gaby Lafin promised that her country will continue to support Namibia especially in the education sector. She stated that education is the “only legitimate means” for upward mobility in society.