18 Jun 2013 10:20
NCUMCARA, 18 JUN (NAMPA) - Teachers and learners at the Ncumcara Primary School near Rundu are forced to relieve themselves in nearby bushes when nature calls due to a lack of proper sanitation facilities at the school.
Apart from the risks associated with this as they could be bitten by snakes, teachers at one of the oldest schools in the Kavango Region also say the current state of affairs is unhygienic.
The school is situated some 20 kilometres (km) south of Rundu.
The school?s principal, Frieda Jeje told Nampa on Tuesday that the lack of proper sanitation facilities is ?a serious health hazard?.
The pit latrines at the school are dilapidated, and learners are also not allowed to use them because the latrines? holes are very big, meaning that they are also in danger of falling into these holes.
Jeje said stray goats from the surrounding areas have on several occasions fallen into the pit latrines while grazing.
The school is also left behind in terms of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as it has no computer or fax machine, let alone an internet connection.
Some learners at the school are currently taught in tents temporarily erected at the school, which gets very cold during winter and unbearably hot in summer.
Jeje thus appealed to Good Samaritans to assist the school in constructing proper sanitation facilities.
On Monday, the Ncumcara Primary School received a donation of 215 bags filled with stationery worth over N.dollars 10 000.
The bags and stationery were donated to the school by Flights of Hope (FOH), a humanitarian expedition group from Portugal, who are touring Africa.
During the expedition, 16 people being transported by five light aircraft will also distribute 2,5 tonnes of school and sports? material to deprived communities in Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Malawi.
FOH leader Pedro Venancio was optimistic that the donated school materials will go a long way in assisting the learners to excel academically, stressing that education is the only key to a brighter future.
Flights of Hope, which is working in partnership with local giant Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC), is a non-profit mission, aimed at supporting the healthy and sustained development of African children in primary schools who live in considerable poverty in areas which are difficult to access.
The project is also aimed at creating a relationship between African and Portuguese children, generating a long-term exchange of communication, experiences and support, thereby contributing to the improvement of children?s learning conditions.
The Ncumcara Primary School caters for Grades 1 to 7 learners, and has a total enrolment of 379.