22 Oct 2016 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 22 OCT (NAMPA) The first eight medical students who completed studies in clinical medicine in China with funding from the Namibia-China Loving Heart Organisation (NCLHO), have returned home to serve their country.
The graduates are among 30 Namibian students who went to that country in 2009.
A gala dinner was held in their honour Friday evening.
Chinese businessman, Jack Huang, established NCLHO in 2007.
During the ceremony, Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Itah Kandjii-Murangi commended the NCLHO, saying such initiatives are aimed at economic growth of the country and in the end sustainable development in Namibia.
This organisation has translated the dreams of many of our youth in identifying the nation's needs.
Kandjii-Murangi called on the graduates to become the shoulders for the less privileged to lean on.
Also speaking at the event, First Lady Monica Geingos said there is a need for Namibians to instil in them empathy and compassion to help eradicate poverty in the country.
She said a person tends to only have compassion for people they are close to and this should be done away with, so that every disadvantaged and poor Namibian can get assistance.
Poverty, she said, is not about having money only, but also access to services.
Geingos then urged students with Namibia Students' Financial Assistant Fund (NSFAF) funding to respect their contracts and pay back loans so that more Namibian children can benefit.
NSFAF Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer, Olavi Hamwele announced that the student fund and NCLHO signed a Memorandum of Understanding this year for NCLHO to assist in identifying reputable institutions of higher learning in China.
The agreement also requires the organisation to help Namibian students settle in China.