TIKA donates maize to schools in Kunene

20 Oct 2016 12:10pm
OPUWO, 20 OCT (NAMPA) – The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) has donated 2 650 bags of maize meal to the directorate of education in the Kunene Region.
The maize meal was handed over at Opuwo on Wednesday.
Speaking during the event, inspector of education Jephta Seteketa said the donation comes at an opportune time as Grade 10 and 12 learners are busy writing their examinations.
The drought in the region over the past seven years has affected education negatively, he said.
“We hope the donation will improve attendance, concentration, participation and consequently, learning,” Seteketa stated.
Principal of the Ondao mobile schools, Kazahora Kapi, echoed the inspector’s sentiments, saying most learners’ families depend on livestock for their income and the drought has robbed many households of such support.
The Ondao mobile schools were established to cater for nomadic families in the region, but are now being converted into permanent schools.
Helmut Doeseb, an official of the Kunene education directorate, said the maize will be distributed to 14 high schools and 37 mobile units in the region.
“It will be delivered over the next five days,” Doeseb said.
TIKA coordinator Cuneyt Esmer said the donation comes “from the hearts of the people of Turkey” and should be directed to the needy learners.