By Confidente Reporter
JAPANESE Ambassador to Namibia, Hideyuki Sakamoto, has handed over new facilities at the Andara Combined School, which was funded by the Asian country through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
The facilities, which include two new permanent classrooms for learners who are being educated under trees, were handed over to Kavango East Regional Governor, Dr Samuel Mbambo, last week, who represented the teachers and learners, as well as other inhabitants of the region.
The Andara Combined School was established under a tree in 1923, and was initially run by a missionary.
Upon independence, the school was transformed into a public institution, and currently accommodates 952 learners from pre-primary to Grade 10 level.
Many learners are registered as orphans and vulnerable children.
The school is located in a disadvantaged region as the unemployment rate, which is fifth highest in the country, indicates.
The number of learners is increasing dramatically and the school lacks classrooms. It is against this background that the Japanese government extended grant assistance amounting to N$1 011 738.00. A store room, a security guard house, as well as a fence in front of the school, were also built with the grant, in order to provide a more conducive educational environment.
The Andara Combined School is the 30th school that the Government of Japan supported through the GGP.
Education and economic empowerment are some of the priority areas for the Japanese government, in its extension of GGP assistance to Namibia.
The programme aims at bringing about a direct and immediate impact on the well-being of disadvantaged communities at a grassroots level, by supporting relatively small development projects in areas of local need, such as education, agriculture and health, which are implemented by non-profit organisations and local authorities. The Japanese government has been implementing the GGP in Namibia since 1997. To date, 48 projects have been supported, and the total amount involved is N$33 million.
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