30 Jul 2013 05:20
KEETMANSHOOP, 30 JUL (NAMPA) The Schmelenville Combined School at Bethanie emerged as a winner in the Karas Science and Mathematics Fair competition.
The school joined the regional annual science fair competition in 2012, where they competed in the Best School category.
The Best Government School category was introduced this year, and Schmelenville was the first school to win this trophy.
Johan Mostert, the manager at the Teachers Resource Centre (TRC) here and a member of the regional science fair organising committee, confirmed the results to Nampa on Tuesday.
Schmelenville received a gold medal and projector valued at N.dollars 4 000 from Skorpion Zinc Mine, which sponsored the event.
The 20 best group projects comprising of 24 learners from the 22 participating schools in the Karas Region were also selected, and each project received a N.dollars 150 Waltons Namibia voucher, which they can use to upgrade projects for the national science fair.
That fair takes place in Windhoek during September this year.
The Schmelenville Combined Schools success was attributed to the installation of a complete science laboratory - which accommodates life science and physical science subjects - at that school in February this year.
The Namdeb Foundation and Anglo American jointly sponsored the laboratory and practical training for all science teachers in the Karas Region from Grades Five to Seven.
The two organisations availed N.dollars 800 000 for the project, which includes lockable trolleys for 32 science kits distributed in the region in February.
In the Best Private School category, which was also introduced this year, the Rosh Pinah Academy scooped top position, making it the second time in a row as they won Best School last year.
The Academy received a similar prize as Schmelenville.
A total of 207 learners and 163 projects partook in the competition, which ended on Friday, compared to 165 learners and 98 science projects last year.
The Karas Region is the two-times champion of the national science fair competition, and are hoping to take the award again in September.
We are very impressed by the increasing number of learners in this years competition. The quality of the projects has also improved, and we trust that the event will continue to improve.
I would like to seize this opportunity to thank parents and sponsors for making the competition a success, Karas Deputy Education Director Celi Mostert beamed on Monday.
During the official opening of the event here on Wednesday, Mostert encouraged learners to continue working hard, and to keep the region amongst the top performers in the national science fair competition.