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Etosha Secondary School emerge as the brainy ones in national competition

Etosha Secondary School emerge as the brainy ones in national competition

Etosha Secondary School was crowned overall winners of the 2017 Bank of Namibia National High School Competition at a Grand Finale gala dinner held late last week at the Safari hotel and Conference Centre.

Etosha Secondary School walked away with N$50,000, while runner up Noordgrens were rewarded N$30 000, 3rd place Swakopmund Secondary School and 4th place Gabriel Taapopi Secondary School received N$10 000 cash prize and a printer respectively.

Ester Nghipondoka, Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture said events such as this contribute to the positive self image of learners and assist in exposing them to educational opportunities beyond the class room.

She also called on learners to make full use of opportunities availed by government and its partners “We need every single one of you to develop your talents, skills and intellect so you can help solve our most difficult problems,” she added.

Ebson Uanguta, Deputy Governor of the Bank called for smart partnerships between government and corporate entities to realize Namibia’s developmental aspirations. “A situation where government alone is the only entity responsible for meeting the growing developmental needs of the country is not sustainable,” he said.

He also pleaded with corporate players to initiate corporate social responsibility programmes inclose collaboration with beneficiaries and government to create sustainable programmes. “This is the sort of collaboration that will take Namibia forward and the time is ripe for such smart partnerships to take centre stage in every sphere of society,” he added.

This year’s finale was attended by stakeholders in education, teachers and learners from the 14 regional teams and was broadcast live on National Radio and streamed online on social media platforms.

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Mandisa Rasmeni

Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and she believes education is the greatest equalizer. She received her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in June 2021. . She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.