Basketball after-school programme becomes independent
The Basketball Artists School (BAS) in Katutura was released into independence from its German supporting association Isibindi e.V. It is now a Namibian trust called BAS Foundation and it will stand on its own feet in future.
At an event held at BAS last week, Isibindi chairperson Prof. Dr. Bernd Seibel and Isibindi treasurer Carmen Rhode symbolically handed over a key to BAS Director Ramah Mumba and his team.
Bernd Seibel said, “The key does not only represent that BAS Foundation is the owner now, but also to remember that education is the only key to vocational training or even university.” The motto of BAS is “Education First – Basketball Second”.
Seibel also announced that there are considerations to implement a bursary for graduated BAS students with excellent grades and with commitment to work as tutors for BAS.
The event was attended by BASKids, parents, staff, and the Thlokomela Choir performed several songs and dances. BAS Foundation was represented by trustees Auguste Nyambali-Hategekimana and Katrina Gowases who thanked Isibindi for their longstanding support.
BAS is still supported by the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), but according to the exit strategy this support will end at the latest in 2018 as well.