08 Mar 2015 10:20am
SWAKOPMUND, 07 MAR (NAMPA) The founder of the Erongo Education Fund (EEF) Clemmentine Tsumis-Garises on Thursday urged all grant beneficiaries to study hard and use the money wisely.
Tsumis-Garises was speaking here during the funds first official hand over of study grants to 95 best-performing orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in the region.
The grants should be a motivation for you to study and succeed, give back to the community that assisted you because all of us expect the best from you, she said.
An amount of N.dollars 205 000 was divided among primary and secondary school learners, and those studying at institutions of higher learning.
Of the 95, six students studying Quantity Surveying; Engineering; Chartered Accountancy; Science; and Education received N.dollars 10 000 each to cover their tuition fees at the University of Namibia, Polytechnic of Namibia and Stellenbosch University in South Africa.
Tsumis-Garises, who is the deputy director of Quality Assurance Programmes in the Ministry of Education, said she wanted to help poor children afford to pay their education.
As I watched brilliant children losing out on education because of poverty, I became pregnant with the idea of starting a fund, and today we gave birth to our first baby which is the handover of grants, she said.
Former president Dr Sam Nujoma officially launched the fund on 19 July 2013 to provide financial assistance to the best-performing OVC in Erongo.
Governor of Erongo, Cleophas Mutjavikua also urged beneficiaries to study hard, stay away from alcohol and drugs and be an example to other vulnerable children.
If you receive the grant and misuse it nobody will be able to help you again, but if you are focused and pass well everyone will give you a study bursary, said the governor.
In addition, EEF chairperson Ehrnst Katjiku thanked all parents, learners and the public for contributing money towards the fund.
He called on all fishing and mining companies to come on board and support the fund for the benefit of vulnerable children.
The idea is to grow the fund to a point where we are able to fully pay for childrens education. What we are giving now is little for all education expenses, Katjiku said.