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From left to right, Mr Sakaria Nghikembua, Old Mutual CEO of Operations, Mr. Ernest Olivier,  Principal at Namib High School and Mr. Mark Jacobs of the Erongo Education directorate.

From left to right, Mr Sakaria Nghikembua, Old Mutual CEO of Operations, Mr. Ernest Olivier, Principal at Namib High School and Mr. Mark Jacobs of the Erongo Education directorate.

Old Mutual is again supporting excellence in education by assisting schools and their educators, as part of a strategic collaboration with the education ministry to improve educational standards in a selection of schools country wide.
At the Old Mutual Education Excellence Awards last Friday, the CEO of local operations, Mr Sakkie Nghikembua said “at Old Mutual we believe that our responsibility as a corporate citizen encompasses fostering and cultivating opportunities for the future leaders of our country. This has resulted in the formation of a strategic partnership between Old Mutual and the Ministry of Education to promote excellence in education.”
Underscoring the life insurer’s commitment to help grow future leadership, he said their continuous efforts as a private sector player are aimed at building a pipeline of leaders for Namibia.
“By addressing the pressing needs of education in our country today, we believe that our time and money invested will contribute to delivering the necessary skills our local industry requires and furthermore enhance our competitiveness as a nation.”
Detailing the scope of Old Mutual’s support, Nghikembua said their commitment is to provide books and educational equipment to performing schools, individuals and the top education region,  contribute to the delivery of value-driven learning.
During March, the Old Mutual Namibia Executive Management team will spend time in the regions handing over the items to the respective schools, as part of their annual countrywide branch visits. Old Mutual has committed N$1 million for the Education Excellence Awards over a three-year period, starting with the 2011 Grade 12 examination results.
The beneficiary schools are Namib High, Karasburg Secondary, Dr Lemmer, Delta Secondary, Winnie Du Plessis, Caprivi Senior Secondary, Outjo Senior Secondary, Dr. Romanus Kampungu Senior Secondary, Haimbili Haufiku SSS, Gabriel Taapopi SSS, Negumbo SS, Otjiwarongo Senior Secondary and Etosha Senior Secondary.
The Erongo Education Region received ICT equipment to the value of N$30,000 as the best performing overall region in the 2012 Grade 12 examinations.
Nghikembua said the contributions made by Old Mutual are intended to thank Erongo students for achieving the top results in 2012. “The 2013 academic year is well underway and we encourage the principals, teachers and students to persist in the deliverance of education excellence.
Namib High School became the first school to benefit from the Education Excellence Awards. The school received learning material and other equipment to the value of N$25,000. The other selected schools will each receive a similar donation.

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