Shalom PS receives four classrooms from B2Gold Mine

13 Feb 2016 09:30am
OTAVI, 13 FEB (NAMPA) – The Shalom Primary School (PS) received four classrooms built with prefabricated materials from the Otjikoto B2Gold Mine here on Friday.
President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Otjikoto B2Gold Mine, Clive Johnson officially handed over the two blocks comprising four classrooms to the community of Otavi in the Otjozondjupa Region.
“We will continue to work with the community of Otavi in building the future of the Namibian child,” Johnson said in his brief remarks before handing over the classrooms.
The company also built a wall around the school.
Johnson said the two projects were funded by the mine as a part of its corporate social responsibility to the Otavi community members.
It invested N.dollars 650 000 in the construction of the four classrooms and wall.
The school has been in existence since 1938 and currently has a total of 1 036 learners and 36 teachers, including the principal. It offers pre-primary to Grade Seven.
On her part, Shalom PS acting principal, Josephine Shilungu said the lack of classrooms was a big problem for the school as the number of learners keeps increasing every year.
She said teaching and learning at her school was very unfavourable for teachers and learners for the past 38 years.
“It was not easy for the management of this school to oversee the two sessions in a day - one teaching and learning session in the morning and another one in the afternoon.
“As I am standing here today, I am very proud to say that Shalom PS has a conducive teaching and learning environment this year after we abolished the afternoon session at the beginning of this year,” said Shilunga.
The four classrooms from the Otjikoto B2Gold Mine Namibia are already accommodating Grade Four and Grade Six learners.
Otavi Mayor Martha Shipanga and the Otjozondjupa Chief Regional Officer Jeaneth Kuhanga also attended the event.
The Otjikoto B2Gold Mine Namibia is located approximately 40 kilometres south of Otavi in the Otjozondjupa Region.
The mine is jointly owned by Canadian gold mining giant, B2Gold, with 92 per cent shares, and Namibian black economic empowerment group, EVI Gold, which has an allocation of eight per cent shares.
The mine was awarded an exploration mining licence by the Ministry of Mines and Energy in 2012 and has offices in Windhoek, Otjiwarongo and Otavi.