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Tsumeb pre-schoolers get tables and chairs to eat and learn

Tsumeb pre-schoolers get tables and chairs to eat and learn

The toddlers and the young children at the TOV Kindergarten in Tsumeb often had to sit on the floor when having their meals. These unhygienic conditions attracted the attention of a staff member at one of the smelter town’s banks and a collection drive was launched among her colleagues.

The response was astounding and earlier this week, the FNB branch in Tsumeb was fortunate enough to bring joy to the children at TOV Kindergarten, giving them 40 chairs, 10 tables and a powerful vacuum cleaner. All the money for the furniture and appliance was volunteered by the branch’s staff after they learned of the kids’ plight.

Branch Manager, Henk Steyn said “As a branch we want to invest in the communities where we operate, especially in the education of the Namibian child. We want to ensure that every child has the opportunity to be educated while making sure that they grow up to be valuable Namibian citizens. A small gesture often means the world to recipients and we hope the children will now have a more conducive learning environment.”

TOV Kindergarten cares for vulnerable children from poor households. Not only does it provide daily sustenance and care, it also promotes the children’s pre-school education through informal classes and sessions.

Pictured at a small handover ceremony are the kindergarten’s acting Manager, Maria Adowa (front centre), FNB’s Tsumeb Branch Manager, Henk Steyn (front left) and FNB Tsumeb’s Lifestyle Banking Consultant, Winslow Schrader (front right) with the TOV children.



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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.