By Gift Munyanya
FOR the past years, MTC has dedicated itself to providing financial assistance to deserving Namibian students who cannot afford to fund their own studies.
The mobile telecommunications service provider has once again demonstrated the commitment it has towards the support for education. This year an amount of N$464 300 was invested in education through its bursary scheme. Johannes Nangombe Amutenya, B-tech in Computer Science (UNAM) 2ND year, Lamech Nghilifavali Shipena, B-tech in Information Technology (UNAM) 4th year, Popyeni Wilka Kashila, Bachelor of Commerce in Financial Science (University of Pretoria) 2nd year, and Suama Mtrifa Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunication (NUST) 4th year, were awarded bursaries.
The objectives of the company’s bursary programme are to contribute towards capacity building in line with the national human resources development strategy and to ensure that MTC provides access and equal opportunity to deserving students in the form of funds to enable them complete their studies and eventually join MTC as full time employees, permitted that the need for employment exists. MTC aims to establish and promote strategic partnership with providers of relevant education in helping MTC posture itself in the telecommunication market.
“MTC has over the years committed themselves towards the development of human capital for the betterment of Namibian youths at various institutions of higher learning internally and externally. This is evident that since implementing this scheme in 2015, we have spent the total amount of N$3 475 735.97 on new students, an average of N$55 000 per student annually,” said acting CEO Thinus Smit.
Over the years MTC’s scholarship programme has seen over 70 world class graduates finishing their studies and specialising in different fields of the telecommunication industry
“Students are encouraged to work hard and to keep their grades up so that MTC’s investment’s in their studies does not go to waste but to make sure the bursaries are put to good use which they were intended for”.
Present at the ceremony was Erastus Tuhafeni, MTC’s transmission engineering technician -previously a bursary beneficiary- described his journey to the latest recipients, “I became friends with some of the people in the hostel so I could have a place to sleep and attend my early classes in the morning. It was not a good life at all but the motive was for me to graduate … until I applied for the MTC bursary. All went well because my application went through and I was awarded the bursary and MTC paid for my hostel and I had my own room and enough time to study, I maintained higher grades to make sure I kept the bursary”.
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