02 Feb 2016 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 02 FEB (NAMPA) - Dr Abraham Iyambo Educational Fund on Tuesday presented 17 students with scholarships for this year.
The scholarships are worth N.dollars 31 000 and was awarded towards the students stationary and books.
Five of the recipients study at the University of Namibia (UNAM); five at the Namibian University of Science Technology (NUST); five at the International University of Management (IUM); and two at the Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol). The two Namcol students receive N.dollars 500 each and the rest N.dollars 2 000. All are SPYL members.
Dr Abraham Iyambo Educational Fund is an initiative of the Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL). It was renamed after the late Education Minister, Dr Abraham Iyambo in February 2013. The first eight scholarships were handed over in 2015.
Speaking at the handing-over ceremony, Acting Secretary of the SPYL Veikko Nekundi noted that the fund is contributing to the lives and successes of Namibians who are identified through the SPYL structures and partners in success.
Therefore, being progressive, disciplined, committed, dedicated compatriots, we are saying one of our contributions is through the Dr Abraham Iyambo Education Fund by assisting SPYLs fellow youth in education, both at varsity and at Namcol, he said.
Also speaking at the event, City of Windhoek Councillor Emmanuel Paulus said the students are from all 14 regions of Namibia, studying among other fields education, law, accounting, and bio-medics.
Being a student is not easy, especially this time of the year when parents have to run around to look for funds to register you at a tertiary institution and buy you books, he said.
Paulus also encouraged the students to use the money for the purpose intended, saying: Its for you to buy your books and materials, not to go to Eveline Street, in reference to the notorious street lined with shebeens and bars in the Goreangab residential area of the capital.
Sussana Amon, who is upgrading two subjects at Namcol, was grateful for the money and hoped it continues.
The money we got is to help us buy our instruments, pay exam fees and anyway we can help ourselves, she explained.
Bachelor of Accounting student at UNAM, Bennelda 'Cuty' Boane said: I feel lucky because there are others out there who did not get funds, and I am going to use these funds to buy stationary and textbooks.
Swapo Elders Council secretary Mukwaita Shanyengana; Swapo secretary of the womens council Petrina Haingura; chairperson of the National Council Margaret Mensah-Williams; and SPYL Secretary for Information, Publicity and Mobilisation Neville Andre Itope were all in attendance at the event.
Abraham Iyambo died on 02 February 2013 while serving as Minister of Education from 2010. He also served as Minister of Fisheries from 1997 to 2010.