Skate park to be constructed at Môreson School

17 Feb 2016 08:00am
WINDHOEK, 17 FEB (NAMPA) - A German non-governmental organisation (NGO) known as Skate-Aid is planning to build a skate park at the Môreson Special School in the capital.
A ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of the construction of the skate park was held on Tuesday. The school is situated in Khomasdal.
Construction will cost N.dollars 1.2 million.
It is being built as part of the Namibian-German Student Exchange Pogramme between the A. Shipena High School, Môreson Special School, School for the Hearing Impaired, and School for the Visually Impaired as well as German partners Schiller Gymnasium, Geist School, Primus School in Munster, and the Nelson Mandela School in Berlin, Germany.
The coordinator of the Namibian-German Student Exchange Programme, Adolf Kinda said skateboarding is not just a sport; it helps learners gain self-confidence, amongst other positive attributes.
He told Nampa at the ground-breaking ceremony that plans are underway to also involve homeless children in the programme.
Kinda added that once the skate park has been completed, the students will be taught the sport by teachers from Germany who will also train Namibian teachers.
In her presentation on the exchange programme, exchange student Anja Terhorst from Germany explained that it commenced in 2010 and focuses on intercultural exchange awareness and knowledge of human nature.
She said students also focus on the promotion of media skills in order to enhance creativity, their ability to work in teams and deal with critical feedback while promoting social skills such as self-reflection and self-confidence, as well as the ability to use several skills at the same time, through skateboarding.