US MCC CEO hails Namibia for leading development

27 Jun 2014 09:10am
NAMAVAMBI, 27 JUN (NAMPA) - The visiting United States of America (USA) Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Chief Executive Officer Dana Hyde has hailed Namibia for being a ‘shining example’ in the MCC’s 10-year partnership with this country.
Speaking during the handing-over of five schools which were renovated and upgraded by the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Namibia in the Kavango East and West regions to the Education Ministry on Thursday, Hyde said she chose Namibia as the first partner country to visit as CEO because the country has served as an example for “all the good that is possible when people work together effectively”.
She said the MCC’s model for partnerships puts Namibians in the lead of their own development, and thanked MCA-Namibia for diligently implementing the whole compact.
The many results coming out of the US dollars 304 million (about N.dollars 3,2 billion)-compact between Namibia and the MCC to fight poverty and promote economic growth, including the expansion and renovation of schools, prove that the two country’s partnership is working well, she added.
“Our partnership is working for Namibians who want a better quality of life, and a future of great opportunity,” the MCC CEO stated.
The partnership between the two countries is also working for the American people, who want to see their investments in Namibia and elsewhere deliver results.
She then promised to inform the American people on her return that their investment in Namibia has been well-spent, and that the renovated and upgraded schools are a symbol of a strong partnership between the government and people of Namibia and the USA.
“Education today equips the workforce of tomorrow with the skills and knowledge they need to compete and succeed in the modern Namibian economy and fuel growth that helps families, communities and a country thrive,” Hydes stressed.
The MCA-Namibia has also thus far delivered over 1.7 million textbooks to all schools in Namibia, affording every Namibian learner a textbook of his or her own.
Through the funding, MCA-Namibia has contributed to the reduction of the learner-textbook ratio in mathematics, science and English for Grades Five through to 12, with improved classrooms and laboratory science space and an improved teaching and learning environment, with health and hygiene both in classrooms and surroundings.
Hyde then encouraged all learners to respect science and technology equipment and other donated resources with great care so that those who come after them can benefit from it as well.
The beneficiary schools funded through the MCC at a cost of over N.dollars 50 million are the Namavambi and Shinyungwe Combined schools, the Dr Romanus Kampungu and Max Makushe secondary schools as well as the St. Boniface College.
MCA-Namibia has invested in the renovation and upgrading of 48 schools across the country with classrooms, teachers’ housing, science and computer laboratories, school libraries as well as administration and ablution facilities at a cost of US dollars 304 million (about N.dollars 3,2 billion).
The Compact between the government of the Republic of Namibia and the USA came into force on 16 September 2008, creating the MCA-Namibia with the aim of reducing poverty through economic growth, focusing on three key sectors namely education, agriculture and tourism.
The Compact is set to end in September this year.