Sanlam Namibia has extended its wings in terms of contributing to Namibia’s tertiary education, giving a bursary to an International University of Management (IUM) student for the first time this year.
“This is a sign that we are broadening our scope of students who need assistance”, said the Sanlam Chief Executive Officer, Tertius Stears at the handing over ceremony held in Windhoek today (Tuesday).
According to Stears, in addition to the IUM student, a total of five other students from the Polytechnic of Namibia and the University of Namibia (UNAM) received bursaries this year. He added that, Sanlam also gave internship opportunities to students from IUM to get practical skills at Sanlam Namibia Holdings.
Furthermore, Stears pointed out that since the programme was started in 2002, Sanlam Holdings has contributed more than N$1.5 million to the education of tertiary students at UNAM and Polytechnic and over 40 students have benefited so far. Currently six students from the leading universities are working at Sanlam as permanent, temporal and as interns in the different fields.
“Turning to the bursary holders, let me take this opportunity to congratulate you all for making it to this programme. There is high competition for the few places on the programme and only those who perform exceptionally will make it”, Stears said.
Speaking at the same occasion, Deputy Minister of Education, Silvia Gonoane Makgone representing the minister said that: “It is very inspiring to observe the willingness and eagerness of the private sector and non-governmental organisations to get more and more involved in the development of Namibia’s education system. It is a fact that Namibian children are yearning and hungry for education”.
Also among notable attendants were Vice Chancellor of the International University of Management Virginia Namwandi, Dean of the School of Finance and Economics Kofi Boamah and representatives from other universities.