13 Jun 2013 12:20
SWAKOPMUND, 13 JUN (NAMPA) - One of the oldest high schools in Namibia, Namib High School, is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
Speaking during the official opening of the birthday celebrations here on Thursday, Minister of Education, Dr David Namwandi indicated that the opening of the school with a mere 16 learners was one of the most remarkable events during 1913.
He said Namib High School is the oldest Government school in the country, and has gained a reputation for being one of the best schools in Namibia due to its academic excellence.
?This factory is a sound factory ensuring a quality product. Nothing but discipline makes things happen and if there is none, then there will be no victory,? Namwandi stated.
The minister, however, stressed that proper balance should be practiced on what makes a 'best' school, of which some of the factors include a teaching and learning atmosphere and discipline.
He stated that these factors and many others need to be present in the correct quantities and at the correct times in order to make the school a best school.
?Namib High must persist in producing first-class learners who can enter tertiary education with ease and acquire the skills and knowledge needed to achieve the goals of Vision 2030,? Namwandi said.
As a result, the minister indicated that a best school is guided by a vision and a mission which is commonly understood and interpreted by all.
He thus encouraged the teachers of the school to maintain the current performance they are delivering, and if possible, improve on it.
Namwandi further urged all staff members, learners and parents of the school to continue upholding all the school?s excellent values.
He then told the school?s principal, Ernest Olivier, that he is holding the ?torch? and should make sure that he delivers the best ?goods?.
Celebrations started on Monday with the opening of an exhibition of learners' artwork.
A Sports' Day will take place on Friday at the Vineta sports grounds, while on Saturday, a breakfast, beauty pageant and Market Day will take place, followed by a disco later that night.
Celebrations will conclude on Sunday with a church service in the Lutheran Church.