Otjomuise Secondary School best investment ever: PM
10 Mar 2016 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 10 MAR (NAMPA) - The construction of the Otjomuise Secondary School by the Chinese Government is the best project investment by that country, Prime Minister (PM) Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila says.
She said this during a farewell visit by outgoing Chinese Ambassador to Namibia, Xin Shunkang to her on Wednesday.
Xins term as Chinese diplomat to Namibia ends on 15 March 2016.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila told Xin the school will greatly contribute to the skills development of marginalised communities.
We are happy for the school that China has set up for our children in a marginalised community. As you know, inequity is one of the greatest challenges that Namibia is facing alongside inadequate skills in the Namibian labour force, and the project (school) could not have been identified at a better time.
The Premier said education is the most effective empowerment tool and the learners at that school cannot be empowered any better than to be provided with skills so that they can enter the labour market and optimise their contribution to the development of the country and the realisation of Vision 2030 national development plan.
Situated in the capital's Aagste Laan informal settlement on the western outskirts of Windhoek, the Otjomuise Secondary School was constructed at a cost of N. dollars 120 million by the Chinese Government. It can accommodate 690 learners from Grade 8 to 11. Grade 12 classes will be introduced next year.
The school has a hostel capacity of 220 learners.
Namibian Vice-President Nickey Iyambo inaugurated the school on Wednesday.
Xin informed the PM that the school will be named after founding father of the People's Republic of China, Mao Zedong.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila further congratulated the outgoing ambassador for the work he had done during his term in Namibia, and assured him that Namibia will continue to nurture the relationship between the two countries. China supported Namibia greatly during its liberation struggle.