13 Nov 2015 10:20am
WINDHOEK, 13 NOV (NAMPA) China has donated more than N.dollars 40 000 to the Ihongo Combined School in the Oshikoto Region.
Chinese Ambassador to Namibia,Xin Shunkang handed over the N.dollar 42 974 cheque donation here on Thursday on behalf of his government. The money will be used for the construction of a boundary fence to the school.
Xin said the donation is testimony to the cordial relationship between China and Namibia.
He said the relationship between the two countries has been growing from strength to strength since the days when Namibias first President, Sam Nujoma, was still in office.
He urged learners and teachers at the school to work hard and also pass on the history of Namibia-Sino relationship to the next generation.
The Chinese Government has set its sights on bigger projects for Namibia and will in the next three years donate N.dollar 800 million for the construction of the road from Windhoek to the Hosea Kutako International Airport. Negotiations for this project are already at an advanced stage.
Additionally, the two governments plan to build schools across the country and also have other projects including a few in the countrys fishing industry.
Meanwhile in his acceptance speech, Ihongo Combined School principal, Wilbard Ashikoto thanked the Chinese government for the donation and also highlighted some of the school's academic achievements.
Academically, the school is progressing well because the Grade 10 leareners results for the past two years was above a 90 per cent pass rate. In 2013 it was 96 per cent and in 2014 it was 94 percent, Ashikoto said.
The school principal called upon the business community to follow the example set by the Chinese government in supporting rural schools. He further stated that the school is need of other facilities and infrastructure such as a proper office, accommodation for teachers, internet facilities and a playground.
Ihongo Combined School was established in 1925 by the Evangelical Lutheran Church In Namibia (ELCIN) missionaries in the Oshikoto Region.
The school has 17 teachers, 365 learners from pre-school to Grade 10, one administrative worker and two cleaners.