OK Foods sets example at Linus Shashipapo school

09 Feb 2017 10:50am
RUNDU, 09 FEB (NAMPA) – The OK Foods shop in Rundu has set an example through the donation of 125 beds valued at N.dollars 50 000 to the Linus Shashipapo Secondary School (SS) in the Kavango East Region.
Media reports had it last month that the school is in a state of advanced disrepair, needing major renovation or alternatively, to be demolished and rebuilt, as its present state is unsuitable for learning.
Situated 113 km east of Rundu at Katere village in Ndiyona Constituency, the school was built in 1973 and no major renovations have taken place since then.
Speaking at the handover ceremony of the beds on Wednesday, Managing Director of OK Foods Rundu, José Machado said they were made aware of the school’s needs and decided to fulfil their social responsibility as a company in Namibia.
“Complying with what is part of our responsibility will make the learners happy and give grounds for them to progress and complete their education with better grades,” Machado said.
Receiving the donation, Kavango East Governor Samuel Mbambo said the crisis of Linus Shashipapo is not only their problem but one of the community as well.
“It should not only be left in the hands of the government. What you did Mr Machado is really an exemplary exercise that should be emulated by all businessmen and women,” Mbambo said.
He said OK Foods made the right decision to donate the beds, noting learners are not at the school because they cannot sleep on the floor.
“If a child does not eat well and sleep well the result will not be a good result. Because whatever happens to the physique of the child affects also the education of the child.”
Mbambo said if all learners who studied at Linus Shashipapo since 1974 could donate a bed or a mattress, the collective action could address the situation.
Complicated problems such as toilets, showers and the building, he said, could then be left to Government.
“I will start with myself. I am donating a mattress and a bed, and I am challenging my age-mates who started at Linus Shashipapo in 1974 to each donate a bed and a mattress.”
The school also received 223 mattresses from the Kavango East Regional Council and the education ministry is expected to deliver them for learners to return to school on Sunday for classes next week.
Learners deserted the school over a week ago because of blocked sewerage pipes, huge structural cracks and ceilings caving in, while they had to sleep on cardboard boxes. The school has been pleading for renovations for over a decade and a recent report in New Era newspaper quoted Acting Director of Education in Kavango East Region, Fanuel Kapapero saying Government budget cuts are affecting the school.
Some renovations to replace showers and toilets at the school have started as Government availed N.dollars 1.4 million.