26 Sep 2013 01:00
UUKWIYUUSHONA, 26 SEP (NAMPA) Education Minister, Dr David Namwandi has called on private companies and wealthy businesspeople to assist the government in the construction of additional classrooms and other school facilities in the country.
Namwandi made this call on Wednesday at the official handing over of a two-classroom block which was sponsored by Engen Namibia at the Uukwiyuushona Combined School in the Oshana Region.
Engen Namibia, a fuel marketing and distribution company, funded the construction of the classroom block to the tune of N.dollars 1 million, and the company also funded renovation work on three dilapidated classrooms at that school.
Those, who have [financial means] must share with the society, Namwandi urged, adding that some wealthy companies and businesspeople in the country tend to ignore their social responsibility as corporate citizens.
The Education Minister said the situation of classroom shortages in the country could be easily addressed if companies and business entities take up the responsibility of funding classroom construction projects, even just two classrooms at any given school per year.
It is time for us, as business people, to pull up our socks to put our money where our mouths are, Namwandi stressed.
Commending Engen Namibia for its investment in the countrys education with classrooms donation, Namwandi praised the company as an agent of positive change.
He called on the teachers, learners and parents at the school to guard the new buildings from vandalism.
Managing Director of Engen Namibia, Nangula Hamunyela, was also at Uukwiyuushona Combined School to officially hand over the classrooms block to Namwandi.
Speaking at the occasion, Hamunyela stated that her company is a market leader in the fuel industry and, as such, it has a social responsibility to plough back into the community where the company operates.
Hamunyela said Engen Namibia donated the building to show the learners that the company cares for them, and it is now up to the learners to study hard, set goals for themselves and strive to achieve those goals.
Engen Namibia, according to Hamunyela, has also funded the construction of a similar classroom block at the Okatana Primary School, also in the Oshana Region.
Uukwiyuushona Combined School is situated 10 kilometres south-west of Ondangwa, and accommodates 501 learners from pre-primary school to Grade 10.
The school was established in the early 1950s and has a staff complement of 20 teachers and two institutional workers.