Visual arts get more funds
“Standard Bank Namibia is proud to be associated with programmes that are aimed at empowering young people who want to pursue careers in the arts sector,” said Mpumzi Pupuma, Standard Bank Namibia’s Chief Executive at the presentation. Standard Bank’s relationship with UNAM’s Visual and Performing Arts Department started 10 years ago. “It is heartening to know that about 128 students have received assistance from Standard Bank through this bursary scheme,” stated Mpumzi. Initially funds were only awarded to students to assist them with their studies. However from 2007, Standard Bank decided to award an additional N$50,000 to the department to assist with its administrative costs.
The Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Prof Kingo Mchombu stated that through this sponsorship the bank is laying down the proverbial seeds that would eventually bear fruit. This, he added, would be seen by the performance of the students who would hopefully take advantage of this opportunity. Prof Mchombu thanked the bank and invited them to continue supporting the arts department
Speaking to the Economist, Miss Audrey Ntutha expressed her joy for the bursary. She stated that this was the second year running that she had received this support. She explained that the students have an opportunity to apply a month in advance for consideration. “Based on merit, Standard Bank awards the most promising students from first year to fourth year provided they are part of the visual arts department,” she said. According to Ntutha the amount varies from year to year but generally ranges from N$1500 to N$2500 per students. “This amount is deposited directly into the student’s account with the university.”
UNAM’s Head of the Visual & Performing Arts Department, Dr. Francois Tsoubaloko also thanked the bank for its financial assistance through the years. This has helped to increased the number of students that have shown interest in the arts. “There is no doubt that Standard Bank’s support is not in vain and bearing fruit. Our students have also won eleven awards during art and film events in the country,” said Dr Tsoubaloko.