Brazilian community in Namibia donates to Kunene school

17 Sep 2016 15:30pm
OKAPEMBAMBU, 17 SEP (NAMPA) – Brazilians living in Namibia on Wednesday donated stationery and other items to the Okapembambu Primary School in the Kunene Region.
Okapembambu is situated nearly 40 kilometres west of Opuwo.
The donation was handed over by Thereza Carvalho, spouse to Brazil’s ambassador to Namibia Eduardo Carvalho, and was received by Anna Engombe, head of department of the Ondao mobile unit in the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture.
The primary school falls under the mobile unit.
The donation included books, pencils, chalkboards and toothbrushes and school bags for learners, as well as recreational and gardening material.
The idea for such a donation stemmed from a visit of the Speaker of the National Assembly, Professor Peter Katjavivi recently. He was accompanied by the Brazilian ambassador and his spouse and representatives of the Namibian Red Cross Society, who were shocked by the harsh conditions at the school.
The donated items were sourced from Brazilian nationals living in Namibia, of which 50 are based in Walvis Bay.
Each learner at the school will also be provided with a school uniform and shoes.
“This material will help both learners and teacher perform better,” Carvalho said.
She urged the learners to ensure that they benefit from the time they spend at the school to make not only their lives better, but also that of their parents and the entire village of Okapembambu.
Engombe said education needs the involvement of parents, teachers and learners, while Tjipuinja Mukungu, a traditional leader urged the parents and community to focus on the education of their children.
“I don’t want the poverty I experienced during my lifetime to be experienced by our children. The only bullet to kill that is education,” village headman, Tjikuro Egypt Tjikundi told the gathered crowd.
Professor Katjavivi, who is the patron of the school, was represented by his secretary Uahindua Zaire.
The Speaker’s office indicated that the Japanese Embassy has pledged to construct a proper school structure for Okapembambu PS, while the Brazilian Embassy will construct a kitchen.