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The National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (NAMCOR) donated beds and mattresses worth over N$400, 000.00 to the Orotjitombo Primary School in the Kunene Region.

 

Utaara Hoveka of NAMCOR’s Communication and Public Relations Department told Nampa the company decided to come to the aid of the school after learning through the media of the harsh conditions learners live in. He urged the media to continue reporting more on the needy members of society so that they can be assisted.

NAMCOR’s Managing Director Mr.Immanuel Mulunga said the donation was made as part of the company’s social responsibility programme, which focuses on education, environment and community upliftment.

“In addition to receiving requests from institutions and individuals, we proactively look for worthy causes [to donate to],” he said.

Mulunga said that after having heard about the plight of the learners at the school who were sleeping on the floor without beds and mattresses, the company dispatched members of its corporate social responsibility committee to the school to gather information first-hand.He said learners need to have a conducive learning and living environment if they are to excel in their studies.

Orotjitombo Primary School Principal John Tjambiru thanked NAMCOR for its donation and promised that the material will be taken care of. Governor of the Kunene Region Angelika Muharukua, who also attended the handover, urged local business people to plough back into the community by assisting needy schools.

 

From left, Namcor spokesperson, Utaara Hoveka, Xungileni Primary School principal, Eino Hamutenya and some of the learners at the official handover ceremony. Photo: KENYA KAMBOWE

Education inspector for the Etayi Circuit, in Omusati Region, Hans Shikongo, says computers have become an integral part of the education system.

He was speaking at the handover ceremony of computers worth N$25829.00 to Xungileni Primary School by the Namibia Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor) on Friday. Shikongo, who described the donation as timely, said it comes at a critical time when the education ministry is struggling to provide such equipment especially to remote rural schools.

"I must admit that this donation came at the right time when our ministry is struggling to finance and provide much-needed equipment to schools and most specifically rural schools such as Xungileni," Shikongo said. Shikongo promised to ensure that the computers are used to benefit the learners and that they are not left to lie idle.

"I have seen many donations made to schools and on many occassions these ended up not being used to the advantage of the learners but instead they became breeding grounds for spiders and dust,"Shikongo said. He further said no learner should leave school without basic computer skills.

For the first time, learners at Xungileni Primary School will be taught basic computer skills. According to Namcor spokesperson, Utaara Hoveka,the donation comes following a request made by the school. He said the donation fulfils Namcor's corporate social responsibility to give back to the community the organisation operates in. Hoveka also used the platform to motivate learners and to inform them that Namcor has a scheme that offers financial assistance to top performing learners."You must dream big and talk big... if you take your studies very seriously, you can become someone later in life, be it an engineer, a doctor or anything," Hoveka said. Principal of the school, Eino Hamutenya, said the computers will be used to teach learners information,communication and technology subjects taught at the school.

 

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