Dilapidated MLH gets facelift

19 Jul 2015 11:10am
OKOMBAHE, 19 JUL (NAMPA) – The Martin Luther High School (MLH) in the Okombahe settlement is finally undergoing renovations after many years of being in a dilapidated state due to a lack of funds.
The renovations have been made possible by donations from a German-based donor organisation, Ein Herz für Kinder, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN) and former learners of the school.
The donations followed a plea from the school management for funds for renovations.
A total of about N.dollars 1.9 million was raised to bring the infrastructure of this semi-state subsidised school back to life.
Speaking to Nampa at the school on Friday, principal Herman Auibeb said the renovation started in April this year and will be completed by the end of this month.
“These are the first-ever renovations since 1970 if I am not mistaken. Our school’s infrastructure have been in a very bad condition, especially the hostels. Now the renovations are almost complete and we are happy,” said the principal.
The renovations include the replacement of doors, tiles, basins, windows, cupboards, and sinks, while the inside and outside of all three hostels and the classrooms are being painted.
There are two hostels for girls and one for the boys. Fifty-seven per cent of the 253 learners at the school are girls.
The principal said there are 12 teachers who teach learners from Grades 8 to 12.
“In terms of performance in the Omaruru Circuit we are the third best, with Karibib Private School being the first and Otjiperongo Secondary School in second place,” said Auibeb.
MLH belongs to the ELCRN and was started in Karibib in 1962 before moving to Okombahe in 1970.
This is because the South African apartheid Government pressurised the church to move the school to a formerly black area.
Although there was resistance from the church, the school was later moved to Okombahe.
The school is well-known for being one of the schools to abolish Afrikaans as a medium of instruction and using English during the colonial years in Namibia.
MLH has produced some of the most well-known names in the Namibian media and business industries such as former Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) Director-General Albertus Aochamub, who is now the Presidential Press Secretary to President Hage Geingob and Tangeni Amupadhi, the editor of The Namibian newspaper.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Namport Bisey /Uirab and Works and Transport Minister Alpheus !Naruseb also graduated from MLH.
Other graduates are Max Hamata, the editor-in-chief of The Confidente; chief news and programming officer at NBC Menesia Muinjo; assistant news editor at the Namibia Press Agency Jata Kazondu; Daures Constituency Councillor Ehrnst Katjiku and senior journalist at the Southern Times newspaper, Magreth Nunuhe.
The school is located eight kilometres east of Okombahe.