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After-school basketball project rewards top-notch students

After-school basketball project rewards top-notch students

BAS seniors players Vicky Ndjambula, Mantius Amukoshi, Nina Simao, Idah Angolo, Helena Shuumbwa, Coordinator Malakia Matias, Gerson van Ster, Director Ramah Mumba, Thandi Boois and Michael Shikemeni, were last week rewarded by the Basketball Artists School (BAS) for excelling in their respective classes at school.


The awards ceremony which took place in Katutura were attended by all BAS Rookies, Juniors, Seniors, staff, coaches and volunteers. A total of 44 academic rewards were handed out.

Certificates were given based on academic performance and commitment, while special awards which included best attendance and recognition of tutors were also handed out. At the event the Best Overall award was handed to grade 9 learner Tiffany Khoeses.

The school’s coordinator Malakia Matias said, “The handing over of awards is a symbol of appreciation for continued hard work.”

BAS was founded in February 2010 and is unique with its approach of combining education, life skills and basketball, guided by the motto “Education First – Basketball Second”. BAS is part of the project “Free Throw – Basketball Artists against HIV & AIDS” and is supported by the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), as well by the German non-profit organization Isibindi e.V. and the Namibian Basketball Federation (NBF).

Currently 50 Katutura children from 11 to 18 years are part of the daily BAS programme and another almost 100 children join the open after-hours sessions.

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