03 Feb 2015 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 03 FEB (NAMPA) - The construction of the Nakayale Private Academy in the Etunda area is expected to be finished by the end of October 2015.
Etunda is situated in the Omusati Region, about 150 kilometres west of Oshakati.
The academy is being funded by the Dirk Mudge Trust.
The Trusts Managing Director (MD) Chrisna Greeff said during a media briefing here on Tuesday that the Nakayale Private Academy will offer quality education to deserving learners - especially orphans and vulnerable children - in the region.
The school complex is expected to consist of eight classrooms, eight dormitories, a school hall, teachers' accommodation, kitchen, laundry room, sports fields and administration offices.
The Trust aims to create a facility of educational excellence, which can be duplicated in all the regions of Namibia by private initiatives, said Greeff.
The Academy is expected to receive its first learners by 2016 for grades zero to two, with fresh intakes of grades zero and one every year as grades progress up to Grade Seven.
The MD said a need was identified to provide private educational facilities for deserving children in a safe, rural setting.
Learners who will be selected for enrolment at the academy will receive full scholarships, accommodation, clothing, food and learning materials.
All the selected learners will be required to board at the school for maximum attention, development and healthcare, she noted.
However, the project does not only involve the Dirk Mudge Trust, and has partnered with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN)s Western Diocese and the St. Pauls College.
The ELCIN Western Diocese assisted the project with a 50-hectare plot, where the Academy is being constructed.
The St. Pauls College will be assisting the Academy on the educational side, and specifically with the selection of teaching staff as well as providing them with training and with the procurement of learning materials.
Greeff said the school will be able to provide a safe environment for the learners and deliver first-class education, which will also create job opportunities for the elders surrounding the school.
In addition, since the land is suitable for food production, the Academy will start an agricultural project to produce vegetables for the school.
The MD added that since the Academy will be located near the Etunda agricultural project of the government, they and a number of private individuals will assist in crop-production, while the trust will focus on the construction and operation of the Academy.
The state-of-the-art media centre/lecture hall facilities at the Nakayale school will be made available to the community and neighbouring constituencies during school holidays, for summer schools, seminars as well as for adult and vocational training.