04 Sep 2015 16:00pm
TALLISMANUS, 04 SEP (NAMPA) - The Tallismanus Primary School, which was built with the assistance of the Chinese government, was on Thursday officially handed over to the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture.
The school is located at the settlement of Tallismanus, some 220 kilometres (km) east of Gobabis, in the Omaheke Regions Otjombinde Constituency.
It was constructed to ease the burden on existing primary schools in the area, many of which have learners beyond their carrying capacity.
The primary school will cater for pre-primary level to Grade 7, and has the capacity to accommodate 400 learners.
Officially handing over the school, Chinese Ambassador to Namibia, Xin Shunkang said the construction of the school highlights the cordial economic and development relationships between the two countries.
He said their government is committed towards the development of grassroots communities in its 'sister' countries, such as Namibia.
The areas of culture, education, public health and agriculture are among the focus areas of the China-Namibia bilateral relationship. As such, the handing over of the completed Tallismanus Primary School to the line ministry is indeed a major step in realising cooperation in these areas, said Xin.
In a speech prepared for delivery at the event, Education, Arts and Culture Minister, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa said the construction of the school goes a long way in realising Government's commitment to ensure that no Namibian child is taught under a tree or in a shed structure.
Hanse-Himarwa said Namibia will as such strive to uphold partnerships in development projects with China.
We will continue knocking on the doors of our development partners as we strive to ensure that our citizens are accorded all the basic services they require. An educated nation is a wealthy nation, as such our priority ratings on education are very high as a government, she said.
Construction on the school started in October 2014, following the signing of an agreement between the two governments on 21 May 2011.
A grant of N.dollars 12 million was advanced by the Chinese government through the Beijing-based China Youth Development Foundation.
Construction was done by Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Group LTD.