01 Jul 2016 14:10pm
OKAKARARA, 01 JUL (NAMPA) Okakarara Senior Secondary School (SSS) raised more than N.dollars 900 000 in cash and pledges during a gala dinner held Thursday.
The money raised will be used to renovate the Okakarara SSS school hall and classrooms, and to replace the fence with palisades.
The office of Otjozondjupa Regional Governor Otto Ipinge organised the event after he visited the school during his regional familiarisation tour in April.
He told Nampa earlier the school is one of the oldest in the region and is in bad condition.
Ipinge said the hall where the Grade 10 and Grade 12 learners write their final examinations at the end of every year is dilapidated and needs a lot of work.
Nineteen tables at N.dollars 10 000 each were made available during the gala dinner.
Standard Bank Namibia represented by its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Vetumbuavi Mungunda pledged the highest amount (N.dollars 75 000).
Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, Juliet Kavetuna in her private capacity as a former learner of the school pledged N.dollars 50 000.
Nearly 200 people, mostly parents, former learners of the school, businesspeople and regional and local authority councillors in the Otjozondjupa Region pledged bags of cement, paint, building materials and livestock.
Ipinge urged those who missed out on the event to contribute through the schools project bank account.
Renovation of the school hall is expected to start later this year once the money and building materials are delivered to the organising committee.
Okakarara SSS principal, Eliah Nguarambuka said more than N.dollars 3 million is needed for the renovations.
Okakarara SSS was officially opened in 1973, and currently has 595 learners.