20 Jul 2016 12:30pm
MARIENTAL, 20 JUL (NAMPA) - The partnership between the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture and MultiChoice Namibia was re-launched here on Monday.
The two entities entered into a partnership in 2004 through which MultiChoice donated television (TV) sets, personal video recorder (PVR) devices and educational material to 300 schools in Namibia.
Speaking during the re-launch event at Mariental High School in the Hardap Region, General Manager of MultiChoice Namibia Roger Gertze said they are very conscious of their responsibility towards society.
We understand that our success depends on the health and growth of the communities in which we operate.
In contributing to this development, we leverage our core assets and expertise to nurture talent, harness skills and expand opportunities across the continent, he said.
Gertze noted that MultiChoice, which is the leading video entertainment operator in 49 countries, recognises education as a key priority in Namibia.
The companys investment is activated through its flagship MultiChoice Resource Centre (MRC) initiative which provides high quality, up-to-date learning materials to schools across the country.
The DStv Education Bouquet provides schools direct access to the following channels: Business Day TV, BBC World News, Mind-set, the History Channel, BBC Knowledge, Animal Planet, Nat Geo Wild, National Geographic and Discovery Channel.
In her keynote address, Education Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa said if one has to convert all the TV screens and PVR decoders in monetary value, it is a substantial investment which probably constitutes the biggest chunk of their corporate social responsibility budget.
MultiChoice needs to be applauded for its generous gesture towards the betterment of education, she stated.
The equipment should not accumulate dust in the library. As Minister of Education and coming from Hardap Region, I will not accept a drop in the examination results with the resources at your disposal, she told the learners.
In a brief impact statement, Grade 11 learner Ewan Orlam said MultiChoice has provided an efficient way for learning.
At the same occasion, Hardap Governor Esme Isaacks undertook to keep the Minister of Education informed of whether the learners are deriving the intended benefits and strategic outcomes from this investalso received mathematics sets from MultiChoice Namibia.