The Minister of Education Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse Himarwa has appreciated support rendered by the Pupkewitz Group to the education sector following the company’s donation of educational material for schools in the vulnerable groups.
Speaking at the event Hanse Hamarwa said, “The continual strive of the Pupkewitz Group to support the Ministry of Education’s effort in keeping our most vulnerable children in schools is evident. You may recall, in June 2015 the Pupkewitz Foundation embarked on the Ethel Pupkewitz National Feeding scheme that aims to promote and support child nutrition projects for learners, with specific focus on Early Childhood Development Centres in Katutura.”
She also emphasised that Government is keen to continue investing in education in a bid to create a knowledge based economy.
“Education is considered a key ingredient of economic growth and development. Without a proper and productive education programme that is dependable and measurable, no individual or nation for that matter will be able to compete in this rapidly changing world,” she said.
She Also added that, “The Government therefore has invested the biggest share of the national budget in education and skills development since the independence of our country. During the 2016/17 budget presentation, a combined amount of 16.2 billion was allocated to the education sector, this signifies the importance government attaches to education. As a result, my predecessors have worked tirelessly to prioritise, plan and execute our nation’s education goals amid many challenges which ranges from shortage of infrastructure to un and under qualified teachers, which impacts on quality in the system across all layers and segments, and the mismatch between the demand for and supply of skills in the country. We still have a long way to go and I am confident to say that the investments made over the long term, are beginning to yield some positive results. “
She also added that efforts are being made to improve the quality of education in the country.
“The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture is hard at work to ensure that Namibia is characterized as offering high-quality and internationally recognized education system that capacitates the population to meet current and future market demands for skills and innovation, as spelled out in Namibia’s Fourth National Development Planning (NDP4). Thus, innovative initiatives such as these, insignificant as it may seem, supports the objectives of the Ministry to see sufficiently trained young Namibians enter the country’s labour force and being able to find jobs by 2017,” she said.