Okambebe gets Govt. school

21 Mar 2016 15:20pm
OKAMBEBE, 21 MAR (NAMPA) – The Hedimbi Primary School (PS) on Friday inaugurated a three-classroom concrete building, following promises made by former Education Minister, David Namwandi that the Okambebe kaNghilenga village will receive a primary school.
Acting Education Director for Ohangwena, Immanuel Mushaandja officiated at the event.
The school is named after late local traditional leader Nghilenga Hedimbi, and is situated in the Ohangwena Region’s Ongenga Constituency, some 30 kilometres (km) north of Oshakati.
It has 60 learners in Grade One to Three with three teachers this year, and remains a satellite school of the Omungwelume PS, situated some 5km away.
Some of the village’s senior citizens who attended the inauguration event on Friday, referred to the new building as the “Namwandi school”.
“We struggled for years to get Government approval for this school, therefore our first appreciation goes to Namwandi who accepted our application,” said Tatekulu Leonard Shapumba, one of the local senior citizens who spearheaded the establishment of the school.
The school is said to have started as a kindergarten under a tree by Selma Kavale as its first volunteer teacher in the early 1990s.
Other volunteer teachers followed. They are Maria Namwele, Kapika Shapumba, Rosalia Kashonga, Naemi Haundapiti and Joolokeni Kashihalwa.
Local pastor Leonard Mbishi volunteered labour to put up the first building sponsored by the parents of the kindergarten learners in 1992.
The building was to protect the children from cold weather, sun and rain.
Government then moved in by putting up a zinc structure for Grade One lessons introduced at the school in 2014, followed by the introduction of Grade Two in 2015 (also in a zinc structure) and then the introduction of Grade Three this year.
The Hedimbi PS kindergarten remains in the hands of the parents, and is expected to feed the school’s Grade One intake every year.
Eudafano and Tuhafeni are the other nearby kindergartens providing Hedimbi PS with Grade One learners.
In his inauguration address, Mushaandja called on teachers of the school to teach children to pass their grades and urged children to study hard to excel in their education.
He also advised teachers, children and parents to zealously guard the school building against theft and vandalism.
Retired Ohangwena regional councillor for the Ongenga Constituency, Leonard Shimutwikeni is said to be one of people involved in the transformation of Hedimbi into a Government school.