Japanese Embassy inaugurates classrooms at !Nara Primary

11 Jun 2014 09:40am
WALVIS BAY, 11 JUN (NAMPA) – The !Nara Primary School in Walvis Bay on Monday witnessed the inauguration of five new classrooms and two storerooms with help from the Japanese government.
The new additions to the school were built by Erongo Econo Building Blocks company, through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots’ Humanity Project of the Japanese government.
The gesture has saved the school from giving afternoon classes, an alternative solution by the school’s management earlier to ensure that all leaners were being taught, despite the initial lack of classrooms.
Before the donation, this school in the Tutaleni settlement had 20 classrooms, where they accommodated 1 000 pupils.
Handing-over the facilities, Deputy Ambassador of the Japanese Embassy in Namibia, Asazuma Shinichi said the donation was aimed at improving education and basic human needs at grassroots’ level in Namibia.
Education is the most challenging area for society and government to implement change in, hence their decision to support this school.
“The government of Japan is keen to assist in improving education in this country, and contributing towards the greater goal of reducing poverty and unemployment.
We trust that the extra classrooms will help the teachers and learners to improve their educational environment,” said the deputy ambassador.
Shinichi explained that the Grant Assistance for Grassroots’ Humanity Project was introduced in 1989 to assist vulnerable and marginalised societies in Japan.
In 1997, the embassy extended the scheme to Namibia.
“So far, we have assisted local authorities and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) in Namibia with over 38 projects in areas such as health, water supply, education and climate change worth N.dollars 3.2 million,” he stated.
Shedding more light on the projects, Inspector of Education in the Walvis Bay Circuit Monika Gawises said a similar scheme from the Japanese Embassy also supported schools with classrooms in Usakos, Henties Bay and Karibib.
“We take cognisance of your ever-increasing efforts to upgrade the standard of education in this country. Assistance of this nature will forever cement our development in Namibia, be it economic or academic,” she beamed.