Japan hands over Augeikhas Primary’s new N$700,000 school block
Augeikhas Primary School last week received a new school block funded by Japan through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project.
The Ambassador of Japan to Namibia, Hideaki Harada officiated the event and handed over the facility to the Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Ester Ngipondoka.
The Augeikhas Primary School which is located in one of the disadvantaged settlements in the Khomas Region currently accommodates 1049 learners from Pre-Primary to Grade 7 with 35 teachers.
“While a continuous population influx into the area and the introduction of free primary education in 2013 have dramatically increased enrollment, classrooms were not enough for accommodating all the learners to study,” the Embassy said.
According to the Embassy, it was against this background that Japan extended a grant of approximately N$700,000 for building a new school block consisting of four permanent classrooms and one store room.
“Education is one of the priority areas of Japan in its extension of the grassroots project to Namibia and Augeikas Primary School is the 37th school that we have assisted in constructing school blocks therefore we aim to achieve a direct and immediate impact on the well being of disadvantaged communities at the grassroots level,” added the Embassy of Japan.
Japan’s government has been implementing the projects in Namibia since 1997 and to date 61 projects have been supported amounting to approximately N$43.4 million.