16 Oct 2016 12:30pm
OTJOMURU, 16 OCT (NAMPA) The hostel at Otjomuru Primary School in the Epupa Constituency was handed over to Government on Friday by former Prime Minister, Dr Libertine Amadhila.
The move will make it possible for hundreds of learners who have been using classrooms for accommodation to make use of the hostel facility.
Receiving the hostel on behalf of Government, Vice President Dr Nickey Iyambo urged learners to use the hostel as an opportunity to achieve academically.
Iyambo also urged the learners and the community not to vandalise the facility.
Construction of the hostel was completed in September this year.
We dont want Dr Amadhila to complain to us that the windows are broken and the blankets have been stolen, the Vice President warned.
Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Anna Hipondoka pledged to take care of the registration process of the hostel as soon as possible with Government, as well as the necessary feeding arrangements.
I urge parents to send their children to school as a token of appreciation for what Dr Amadhila did for this community, Hipondoka said.
Principal of Otjomuru Primary School, Anna Tjazapi told Nampa the hostel means a lot to the community as many parents will now be able to send their children to Otjomuru.
We anticipate an increase in next years intake as the hostel alone is motivation, even for those parents who never wanted to send their children to school because of a lack of accommodation, Tjazapi said.
Tjisuta Kapika, a learner at Otjomuru, said to show his appreciation for the newly constructed hostel he will study hard to become either a doctor or pilot to be able to plough back into his community.
Otjomuru is situated about 27 kilometres east of the constituency capital of Epupa and is home to the previously marginalised communities, mostly the Ovatue and Ovatjimba.
The village was founded by Amathila for the resettlement of marginalised communities and caters for the children of these communities.