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A shining light so that they always know where they are

A shining light so that they always know where they are

One hundred Grade 10 and 12 learners from the One Nation informal settlement who attend Augustineum Secondary school this week each received a solar lamp to make sure they can study in the evening for the last few remaining subjects in this year’s national examinations.

The school’s Principal, Mr Rudolf Mategu approached the FNB Foundation for assistance to help buy the lamps. The school hostel is under renovation and while this process continues, many learners who are forced to live in shelters without electricity, found they could not study in the evening.

“Most of the learners who received solar lights are from the One Nation informal settlement and I want to encourage all to study hard and make the most of the opportunity given to you today to improve your grades. ‘It takes a whole village to raise a child’, therefore it is not only the parents who can motivate the learners, but teachers and even corporates as well”, said Mr Matengu, when he received the donated lamps for FNB’s Corporate Social Investment Manager, Revonia Kahivere.

“It is always disheartening to receive news that a learner may not be able to achieve their academic goals because of physical barriers or limiting circumstances. Through the FNB Namibia Foundation Trust we bring hope to the communities,” said Kahivere.

At the donation ceremony, the Regional Education Planner in the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Herald Tjahikika said that the ministry can not provide all the educational needs at every school so contributions from private sector partners are highly appreciated.

Kahivere echoed these sentiments saying that education is not the sole responsibility of the government. She quoted Madiba who said that education is the most powerful weapon to change the world.

About The Author

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.