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Phonepads for clever scholastic minds

The best achievers in schools in Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Lüderitz each received an Asus Phonepad from logistics company, Manica who invested some N$40,000 in its educational incentive programme which forms part of the company’s Corporate Social Investment allocation. Manica also sponsored gift vouchers (N$5,200) to various Walvis Bay primary schools and a further N$1,500 to the Helena van Rijn Primary school in Lüderitz.

The best achievers in schools in Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Lüderitz each received an Asus Phonepad from logistics company, Manica who invested some N$40,000 in its educational incentive programme which forms part of the company’s Corporate Social Investment allocation. Manica also sponsored gift vouchers (N$5,200) to various Walvis Bay primary schools and a further N$1,500 to the Helena van Rijn Primary school in Lüderitz.

The top performers of coastal high schools in Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Lüderitz were surprised with a different kind of “book prize” for their excellent scholastic performance. Much to the delight of the learners the book prize turned out to be an Asus Fonepad (tablet type phone). According to the Public Relations Manager for Manica Group Namibia, Nolito Marques, the company decided to reward these learners as an encouragement for others.
“Manica is delighted to present these awards to the learners, as we believe their hard work and commitment are an example for other learners. Commitment and excellence are some of the values of Manica, and it is gratifying to see young people showing the same dedication as we do to our clients and service delivery,” he told the learners and principals at a ceremony at the company.
He noted that many current and previous staff members of the company used to attend the coastal high schools. “Since Manica’s establishment in 1924, we have seen many promising young people employed with us and later on reaching great heights in their careers. Most of our employees have all been learners at the coastal schools at one time or another. We felt that we needed to give something back to our schools by way of showing our support and encouraging the youth to excel in everything they do.”
The high performers were kept in the dark about their book prize until the last minute. “The tablet phones were hidden from view in special gift bags. I could see the learners didn’t know what to expect and some seemed slightly bored waiting for the function to finish. However, when we coaxed them to take the ‘book’ out of the bag, their faces lit up instantly,” he said. Manica invited the learners to contact the company if they are interested in logistics as a field of study.

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