By Confidente Reporter
FIRST Lady Monica Geingos through her One Economy Namibia foundation on Tuesday announced that the foundation had selected 25 needy learners from Government schools across the country to be awarded scholarships offered through the Talented Individual Programme.
Speaking at a media briefing held at Windhoek High School, Geingos stated that the board of One Economy believes that access to education is one of the most powerful poverty eradication tool, hence identification of children from low income households who have academic potential. “In order to prevent these talented children from falling into a poverty cycle, we seek to provide successful applicants with all-encompassing education and life experience,” she said. She explained that the children would be supported by a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and volunteer mentors to ensure the necessary life enrichment required to shape the academic and social mind-set required to overcome numerous challenges faced by adolescents.
“We seek to provide nurturing, supportive environment for our children to fully realise all of their potential and guide them through important life decisions.” She said the recipients are expected to subscribe to certain commandments among others not being bullies and/nor alcoholics but must have self-confidence.
The successful learners will be placed at Windhoek Gymnasium Private School and Windhoek High School in accordance with their respective admission requirements for both schools and hostels, however, will go through education diagnostic and their performance and behaviour will be monitored on a weekly basis. They will also be provided with basic toiletries.
The scholarships cover expenses for tuition, extramural activities, accommodation and school uniforms, and travel expenses between school and home during holidays, professional counselling and intervention, life coaches and subject matter tutors.
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