22 Jul 2013 10:10
DIVUNDU, 22 JUL (NAMPA) The Rukonga Vision School, which opened its doors for learners for the first time earlier this year, was officially opened by President Hifikepunye Pohamba on Monday.
The Rukonga Vision School, the first of its kind in this country, is situated some 200 kilometres east of Rundu in the Mukwe Constituency.
The school is regarded as the torch-bearer of excellence, and was set up by the Ministry of Education (MoE) for gifted and brilliant learners from previously-disadvantaged backgrounds, especially those in rural areas who have shown great potential to develop and succeed in life.
The school currently accommodates 240 Grades Eight and 11 learners.
In his keynote address, Pohamba said the location of the school in a rural area is aimed at providing promising young people with increased opportunities to access quality education.
The Head of State noted that education is the backbone of any countrys economy, and for Namibia it is a vital vehicle through which the goal of Vision 2030 would be realised.
The establishment of the Vision School is part of the governments broader strategy to work towards ensuring that Namibian children receive quality education, said the president.
The Namibian leader thus called on parents, guardians and the community to take active interest in education, and to always encourage children to do their best by taking their education seriously.
Pohamba further urged the schools leadership to do everything in its power to achieve the noble ideals for which it was created.
The Minister of Education, Dr David Namwandi said here that although the school is situated in the Kavango Region, it should be regarded as a national project as it is an institution of standards, character and philosophy guided by national experts.
One unique identity of the school is that secondary education is provided free to learners, and they thus do not have to pay tuition or hostel fees, nor school development funds or examination fees.
The government will also provide in all the learners needs, including food, textbooks and other learning materials such as stationery, uniforms, toiletries and bedding.
Namwandi, however, cautioned the schools entire staff and learners that the whole nation is watching them to produce citizens who would be future leaders of this country.
Construction work on what was first known as the Divundu Vision School started in 2006 at a cost of N.dollars 109 million.
The Rukonga Vision School currently has 18 teachers.
It was built with funding provided through the Education and Training Sector Improvement Programme (ETSIP).