Langer Heinrich funds aspiring scientists at Gobabeb

06 Dec 2014 13:00pm
SWAKOPMUND, 06 DEC (NAMPA) – Langer Heinrich Uranium Mine has provided funding of N.dollars 1.42 million to the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre.
The money will be used for the internship training of about 20 Namibian students studying towards becoming scientists and environmental managers.
Students will be coming from the University of Namibia (Unam) and the Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN).
Langer Heinrich Managing Director Simon Solomons and Research Coordinator at the Gobabeb centre, Theo Wassenaar signed the agreement here on Thursday.
Solomons explained that starting 01 January 2015, his company would give N.dollars 283 730 every year for the next five years towards the internship programme.
The funds will be used to pay for lecturers, food, equipment and transport during the course of the five-month programme.
“The programme is unique in Namibia as it provides close mentorship with strong emphasis on both rigorous scientific investigation and practical relevance for the mining industry. Some of the money will be used to assist Gobabeb to obtain formal accreditation for this course from the National Qualifications Authority (NQA),” the managing director said.
Solomons also said this support is a win-win situation for both Langer Heinrich and Gobabeb.
For the mine it is an investment in the training of environmental professionals and researchers, who will assist in the practical application of the mining industry.
The research centre, in turn, will be able to build capacities of young Namibians in the field of science and research.
On his part, Wassenaar thanked the mine for the much-needed support, which will enable the centre to give valuable practical training to aspiring scientists and environmentalists.
At the end of every five months, students are presented with certificates as proof that they have successfully completed the programme.
“Students who completed the programme before, indicated that the certificate is valuable to them, especially when they apply for jobs. So it is a good programme,” said Wassenaar.
The Gobabeb Research and Training Internship Programme is a five-month field course presented to young Namibian scientists who design and implement original, independent research projects focused on management and restoration of degraded ecosystems.
Key educational aims of the programme, which is presented under the auspices of Gobabeb’s Namib Ecological Restoration and Monitoring Unit, are to foster a critical thinking attitude, to improve students’ ability to solve problems through a systematic, scientific approach and to improve their verbal and written communication skills.