By Hangula Johannes
SIX schools in the Opuwo Rural Constituency in Kunene Region are now fully equipped with new dining halls, kitchens, teachers’ accommodation and ablution blocks, all done through the Namibia- German Special Initiative Programme (NGSIP).
The newly constructed and rehabilitated infrastructure cost N$23 849 735 that was fully funded by the Federal republic of Germany through the German Development Bank (KfW).
The schools that benefitted are Okaoko-Otavi, Musaso, Ombombo, Hungua, Otjitoko and Otjondeka Combined schools, and as per needs assessment, the Okaoko-Otavi Combined School got a hostel and an informal kitchen built, Otjitoko School – a school hall, hostel and informal kitchen, Otjondeka School – a new hostel, while the rest had hostels, formal kitchens, dining halls, teacher accommodation and ablution blocks constructed.
Hungua Combined School was the biggest beneficiary where NGSIP built a fully furnished dining hall and kitchen at nearly N$6,4 million.
Speaking at the handover event at the Okaoko-Otavi Combined School, the Minister of Economic Planning and National Planning Commission, Tom Alweendo said the infrastructure backlog need to be addressed so that all schools meet the basic infrastructure and equipment standards set by Government.
“A commitment to provide all learners with access to quality school infrastructure is a vital component of assuring that all learners have access to their constitutional right, that of a basic education,” he said.
Head of Cooperation at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Christian Grün revealed that Namibia has become the country with the highest per capita rate of German development cooperation in all of Africa.
During the course of the last 26 years Germany committed approximately 840 million Euros (almost N$14 billion) to Namibia’s development.
“It is not easy to defend this high level of cooperation with the German public and the German political world. Nevertheless, we are determined to do it and to continue at the highest possible level,” Grün stressed.
Grün emphasised that the German support was driven by two motives: “We want to see Namibia develop for the sake of its people; we want to see Namibia develop for the sake of having a democratic, prosperous and stable country in an otherwise somewhat shaky continent.”
KfW country director, Dr Uwe Stoll emphasised the importance of education for its role in supporting the country’s development and in order for the children to realise their full potential.
“We believe that education raises a nation. Education is the story about sustainable jobs, about welfare and individual liberty,” he said.
According to Dr Stoll the bank has invested approximately 34 million Euros (N$550 million) to 200 community projects in seven regions namely Kunene, Khomas, Erongo, Omaheke, //Karas, Hardap and Otjozondjupa.
Dr Stoll expressed his hope that the new facilities will improve education and assist the teachers in their teaching efforts.
Kunene Regional Education Directorate Chief Education Officer, Planning and Development, Ernst Bause said they would ensure that the infrastructure is well maintained.
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