26 Oct 2014 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 26 OCT (NAMPA) -The Basketball Artists School (BAS) opened doors to its new buildings on Saturday here.
Since its inception in February 2010, BAS operated from temporary places around Windhoek.
The organisations complex, which comprises precast offices, classroom, kitchen and ablution facilities, was constructed next to the football pitch at the Katutura Youth Complex.
An opening ceremony of the building was held on Saturday.
BAS is an after-school programme focusing on providing academic tutoring, life skills and basketball training to less-privileged children under the motto Education First-Basketball Second.
Currently, 45 children between the ages of 11 and 16 are attending the programme.
Speaking during the opening ceremony, Director of Sports in the Ministry of Youth, National, Service, Sports and Culture, Dr. Vetumbuavi Veii, pleaded against the vandalisation of infrastructures and implored Namibians to instead start looking after them.
'The Government is building a lot of things for its people, but we never look after them. The time has now come were we as individuals started looking after these buildings so they can serve us for a long time. Most of the time we say this is not our house and its fine if it gets damaged, but where will you conduct your activities if this place is destroyed? The donors who helped the government in building this place will not be happy to see their money go to waste,' he stated .
Veii added that government will avail a money in their next financial year to build a basketball court at the centre and they will also be taking over the water and electricity bills from BAS.
Speaking at the same ceremony, German Ambassador to Namibia Onno Hueckmann said he was pleased and honoured that his embassy and private German sponsors made donations towards the construction of the BAS.
The ambassador applauded Frank Albin, who is the founder and coach of BAS , for the commitment to the realisation of the facilities.
'When I see what has been achieved here over the last four to five years, you have performed a truly remarkable job,' said Hueckmann.