03 Sep 2016 06:40am
OLUKUPA, 03 SEP (NAMPA) Olukupa Combined School in the Oshikoto Region can now offer its learners hostel accommodation thanks to a donation from a local company.
The hostel facilities were handed over by Small Mining Union (SMU), a company registered in terms of the Companys Act under the umbrella of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, on Thursday.
The school is situated at Olukupa village about 50 kilometres from Okongo.
The ministry came to know of the school and its lack of proper hostel accommodation while conducting official familiarisation visits.
SMU through the ministry then took up the responsibility of providing the hostel facilities valued at over N.dollars 1 million. The two new steel structures can accommodate 40 bunk beds, each with a matrons room, a kitchen facility, bathrooms and a water tank stand.
SMU also donated 80 blankets, 110 mattresses, toiletries and washing powder worth.
Minister of Basic Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa in her statement at the handing over commended SMU, saying the donation is in line with the Harambee Prosperity Plan and urged other stakeholders to follow suit in order to achieve this plan faster.
Even though the education sector is allocated the highest portion of the National Budget, there are still inequalities in terms of resources available at public schools.
This is due to inherited school infrastructure backlogs, hence equity in terms of learner outcomes remains a challenge. Our ministry is working tirelessly to address these disparities, she stated.
The schools principal, Abel Nekomba also expressed his gratitude and said the facilities will help the students who were forced to walk long distances to get to school in the past.