OPM's Back to School receive donations

01 Sep 2014 20:30pm
WINDHOEK, 01 SEP (NAMPA) – The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) on Monday received donations worth over N.dollars 65 000 from seven companies and organisations for its 2014 ‘Back to School’ campaign.
The donors are the Social Security Commission, Development Bank of Namibia, NamPost, Olthaver & List Group of Companies, and the Windhoek Country Club, Resort and Casino, whose combined cash donation is N.dollars 65 000.
Furthermore, Business Connexion donated 100 blankets, and Namib Mills 70 mattresses.
In a statement delivered by OPM Permanent Secretary, Advocate Nangula Mbako, Deputy Prime Minister Marco Hausiku said Government is committed to the education of San, Ovatue and OvaTjimba learners.
“It is therefore important to mention that we are glad to see that many companies from the private sector have joined to compliment Government’s efforts in this regard,” he stated.
The annual ‘Back to School’ campaign was initiated by the government in 2007 to ensure and encourage young people from these communities to be enrolled and stay in school.
Hausiku said the campaign has started to “bear fruit” due to the increasing number of learners supported under that programme at various institutions nationwide.
Referring to the three mentioned marginalised communities, he said this year there are 225 learners at primary and secondary schools, 142 students at tertiary education centres, while 86 students are being trained as nurses and midwives under the OPM’s San Development Division’s education support programme.
Last year the campaign was held in the Ohangwena, Kavango, Zambezi regions, during which the OPM officials visited schools to motivate learners to stay in school and complete their education, and hand over stationary and other materials.
This year the OPM is planning to visit schools in the Oshikoto, Kunene and Otjozondjupa regions.
The donated funds received will be used to assist learners with stationary, school uniforms, toiletries, as well as community hostels and other related school needs.
The donated blankets and mattresses will also be handed over to beneficiaries during the upcoming campaign.
Hausiku assured that the donations will be used for the intended purpose, and that reports will be forwarded to all the donors.