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Being a Girl Guide is in their veins

Mabel Odonkor, the Regional Commissioner of the Girl Guides, and Aase Geel, the Finance Chairperson of the Girl Guides in Namibia, came together with a host of guides from Windhoek, late in February to celebrate the annual World Thinking Day. The Girl Guides of Namibia had to delay their celebrations until the Saturday since actual Thinking Day fell on a weekday, Wednesday 22 February. World Thinking Day is celebrated by all Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. It is a day when they think about their “sisters” (and “brothers”) in all the countries of the world, the meaning of Guiding,...

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Sniffer Dogs, Giraffes and the importance of being earnest

Sniffer dogs are not an everyday sight at Rotary Club meetings, however, last weekend was not an ordinary day. The Rotary Clubs in Windhoek held their annual interact conference and this year the event was opened by the First lady, Monica Geingos. As security teams conducted their last sweeps of the Aula, more than 130 learners gathered at the Deutsche Höhere Privatschule in Windhoek, representing the leadership of Namibia’s Interact Clubs. The clubs came together to listen to motivational speakers and share best practices. In her opening address the First Lady spoke about self-leadership and the importance of being...

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Oshikandela brings sustenance on Africa Day of School Feeding

The principal of Hillside Primary School, Nathalië Uaendere (2nd from right) last week played host to officials from the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture when Namibia Dairies and Pick n Pay gave every learner in her school a carton of Oshikandela cultured milk to commemorate the Africa Day of School Feeding. From the ministry came Joy Mamili (left), Veno Kauari (2nd from left) and Otto Imbura (centre right). The Oshikandela was brought to the school by Leonie Prinsloo (centre left) and Diedre-Ann Rhodes (right) from the marketing department at Namibia Dairies. The Minister of Education, Arts and Culture,...

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Women need land tenure to be guaranteed by law

During a land conference on the utility and tenure rights of women, last week in Windhoek, the Deputy Minister of Land Reform, Hon Priscilla Boois said although access to land for women in Namibia has already improved through legal adjustments, there are still existing disadvantages for women especially in rural areas where many women still depend on their spouses or families. “The Land Reform process is not only to correct the skewed ownership of commercial farm land but also to improve tenure security in the communal areas in addition to achieving social and economic equity for all citizens. It...

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From boardroom to shack – feeling the reality of informal settlements

Theopolina Heita (middle) this week hosted two guests at her modest shack in Hakahana. Faan Bergh (left) and Brit du Plessis (right) took a day off from their usual office duties to join a group of business people who visited members of the Shack Dwellers Federation at their homes. The visit was part of the sensitisation process to garner support for the Buy-a-Brick challenge, Standard Bank’s contribution to make life easier for people who daily experience the reality of living in a shack. The Buy-a-Brick campaign challenges business to buy erasers as a substitute for bricks. For every small...

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450 children with special needs enjoy a refreshing Vigo

The learners at Moreson School for the mentally impaired last week received a substantial donation from Namibia Breweries Ltd in the form of 360 casses of Vigo, the Breweries’ very popular non-alcoholic beverage. The Moreson learners share this donation with the children at the School for the Hearing Impared and with the School for the visually impaired. Some 450 children with special needs benefit from this donation. The schools use these beverages for sustenace but a large portion go to fundraising inititatives by the three schools to supplement their funding requirements. At a ceremony to celebrate the gift, Namibia...

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Development Bank invests in education

The Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) recently donated 151 chairs, valued at N$48,950, to Tutaleni Primary School in Walvis Bay. At a different occasion, the Bank also donated 215 chairs to Schlip Primary School in the Hardap Region. According to the bank’s Public Relations Officer, Di-Anna Grobler the Bank has financed numerous schools at primary and secondary levels. It also provided finance for the International University of Management, IUM. Where possible, the Bank makes social investments in education as well. Speaking at the handover, the Bank’s Grobler said that when the Bank makes donations of this nature, it gives...

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American students donate ‘The Shoe that Grows’ to rural school

In the past, the school pupils of Omaungete Mobile School in the Kunene Region would set off to school barefoot. With help from six education students from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in the city of Tacoma, Washington in the United States of America, they are now able to walk to school in comfort and safety. Inspired by the moto ‘The Shoe that Grows’ initiative, PLU students, who are currently on an exchange study group in the country, shipped 100 pairs of shoes and donated them to the pupils of Omaungete Mobile School. Made of leather and compressed rubber similar...

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