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Needy school leavers receive bursaries

Telecom Namibia handed over bursaries to deserving students, to further their studies at their preferred institutions. Seated from left to right Minister of Education, Dr Namwandi, Managing Director of Telecom Namibia, Mr Frans Ndoroma, at the back are the recipients of the bursaries. (Picture by Mandisa Rasmeni)

Telecom Namibia handed over bursaries to deserving students, to further their studies at their preferred institutions. Seated from left to right Minister of Education, Dr Namwandi, Managing Director of Telecom Namibia, Mr Frans Ndoroma, at the back are the recipients of the bursaries. (Picture by Mandisa Rasmeni)

To help Namibia compete globally Telecom Namibia handed out 10 bursaries for the 2014 programme. The bursary scheme was introduced by Telecom to address skills shortage in the Namibian market particularly in the areas of information technology, telecommunication and electronic engineering. The aim of this scheme is provide bursaries to needy school leavers to pursue studies in these fields and to provide internship opportunities to the students.

Managing Director of Telecom Namibia, Mr Frans Ndoroma said that this is a small contribution to the national effort to develop the skills of young people and he sincerely hopes that the beneficiaries will live up to their achievements. He also urged the students to be an example to other young people, to work hard at the institutions that they have chosen and to encourage others to succeed in life but most importantly to always value their education and the opportunity that they are receiving.
Minister of Education Dr. Namwandi also reiterated what Mr Ndoroma said, that the students must use this opportunity to better themselves and the communities they are coming from, because Christmas comes once in a year. He thanked Telecom for the opportunity that they are giving these students and he advised them to also concentrate on post-graduates who want to further their studies.
Over the past five years, a total of 77 school leavers have been awarded bursaries, while 55 have participated in the internship programmes at Telecom. In addition 24 graduates were trained as engineer-in-training, 50 as engineering technicians-in-training and 27 graduates as IP/IT trainees. The total cost for the bursaries awarded this year amounts to N$1.2 million, covering tuition, books, monthly allowances, accommodation, meals and travelling costs. Since the introduction of the bursary scheme in 1995 Telecom has spent N$20 million on the programme.
The Telecom Namibia bursary recipients for the 2014 academic year are:
1.Leonard Pertrus, Bachelor in Accounting Science at the Polytechnic of Namibia.
2.Johannes Rauna, Bachelor in Accounting Science at the Polytechnic of Namibia.
3.Carlos Sibalatani, Bachelor Electronic Engineering at the Polytechnic of Namibia.
4.Jesaya Mushisheni, Bachelor Electronic Engineering at the University of Namibia.
5.Apronia Shimmi, Bachelor Electronic Engineering at the University of Namibia.
6. Domigos David, Bachelor Electronic Engineering at the Polytechnic of Namibia.
7. Aili Matheus, Bachelor Electronic Engineering at the Polytechnic of   Namibia.
8.Riahama Musutua, Bachelor of Information Technology at the Polytechnic of Namibia.
9.Levy Hamukoto, Bachelor of Information Technology at the Polytechnic of Namibia.
10.Denzil Tsauseb, Bachelor of Information Technology at the Polytechnic of Namibia.

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