Namibia-German projects at schools lauded

21 Jun 2016 14:00pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 21 JUN (NAMPA) – The Namibia-German Special Initiative Programme (NGSIP) says livestock allocated to recipients of the programme has given them a new lease of life.
The NGSIP, worth N.dollars 480 million, is operational in the //Kharas, Hardap, Omaheke, Khomas, Kunene, Erongo and Otjozondjupa regions. It is meant for developmental projects in communities that have historic ties with the German government such as the Nama, Damara, Herero and San.
A media statement issued this week assessed the impact of funded programmes at project sites in southern Namibia.
In 2012, the programme distributed over 860 goat ewes and 43 rams to vulnerable households in the Bethanie district.
Bernadus Kooper, a father of three who struggled to feed his family on the rations and little money he received for occasional labour on farms, was grateful to receive goats.
“It was a relief for me and my family to know that we could start over,” he said.
NGSIP programme manager Matthew /Goagoseb was quoted in the statement as saying recipients were trained in proper livestock-keeping to help end the persistent poverty trap.
Marietjie Hansen is delighted with the goat milk she harvests each day.
“The milk makes me feel like I am growing younger by the day,” she reported with a laugh.
Last year, the Blouwes Primary School (PS) received a newly built computer lab, a 48-bed dormitory for boys, a dining hall and a kitchen.
Nowak PS at Tses got three pre-primary school classrooms, renovated ablution facilities and a computer lab with 20 workstations.
The school projects were in excess of N.dollars 8 million.
An NGSIP team visiting Blouwes was told that learners were reluctant to leave behind the enjoyable facilities and go home for school holidays.
“Our computer lab and new hostel have become the centre of attraction and we are able to rent out our hall as a way of income generation for the hostel,” school committee member Martin Isaacks said.
Nowak PS principal Helen Kruser said the computer lab restored a sense of discipline and pride in the learners.
“The computer lab is a huge success story for us and we also use it as a reward for disciplined learners.”
She said the classroom backlog in the pre-primary phase has been addressed with the upgrades, adding that changes at the school brought a renewed level of determination, commitment and enthusiasm among teachers and learners.
“Can you imagine what good results we could produce if this support could be extended to other areas of our school?” Kruser remarked.