EENKALASHE, 26 SEP (NAMPA) -
The Eenkalashe Combined School (CS) in the Omusati Region's Onesi Constituency was on Friday renamed the Benjamen Hauwanga CS. It was renamed after Namibian business tycoon Ben Hauwanga of the BH Group of Companies.
The school, currently under the leadership of Selly Simeon as the principal since 2010, was established in 1972 with one teacher, Sara Titus Shimbuli, and 23 learners in the then Sub-A, now Grade One.
It was established to address the issue of Eenkalashe village children walking a long distance for primary education at the Eunda Primary School.
The school now has 238 learners from Grade One to 10, 14 staff members and five school board members.
In his acceptance speech, Hauwanga pledged to mobilise financial and material support for the school and to ensure that it is equipped with a computer laboratory, library and other educational resources.
He was accompanied by several fellow business personalities, who pledged to fund the establishment of the computer lab, library, school feeding programme and teaching aids.
The establishment of a fully-fledged computer lab at the school will be funded by a businesswoman from Dubai, Ijjat Kanani of the Dukes Group of Companies. Kanani also accompanied Hauwanga to Eenkalashe.
"Children's education is the responsibility of all of us, because we cannot eradicate poverty as per the call of our President Hage Geingob if our children are not given the opportunity to be educated and become future professionals," Hauwanga said.
Land Reform Minister Utoni Nujoma officiated at the renaming on behalf of Environment and Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta, who is out of the country with Geingob. Nujoma noted that the school was renamed after a hard working man (Hauwanga), and its teachers and learners are therefore expected to work hard to produce results.
He urged the learners to emulate Hauwanga's style of hard work by taking their studies seriously for the country to have future professionals who would be in charge of the development of the country.
Hauwanga is the first Namibian to explore business opportunities in Angola. He has done so at the time that country was faced with a civil war. Hauwanga now owns a chain of different types of business entities in Namibian towns as well as in Angola.