Rundu Campus graduates first female San student

28 Apr 2017 09:30am
RUNDU, 28 APR (NAMPA) – The University of Namibia (UNAM)’s Rundu Campus on Thursday graduated its second student from the San community.
The first student, a man, graduated in 2015 since the campus's inception four years earlier.
Twenty-four-year-old Rosalia Sindimba is a now the proud holder of a Higher Diploma in Accounting and Auditing.
She is among four students from marginalised communities pursuing diploma and degrees programmes at the campus with a student population of 2 350, including students studying through the Centre for Open and Distance Learning.
In his welcoming remarks at this year’s graduation ceremony, UNAM Vice-Chancellor, Professor Lazarus Hangula celebrated Sindimba's graduation.
She received a standing ovation on acceptance of her diploma from UNAM Chancellor, Dr Hifikepunye Pohamba, who also hugged her.
“Congratulations to you Rosalia. May you be an inspiration to many in our society, and a proud UNAM alumna,” he said.
Hangula called on the youth to become agents of national development as there are many socio-economic challenges in the country such as poverty, inequality and unemployment which needs to be addressed.
Speaking to Nampa, Sindimba said she intends to come back for a degree in the same field.
“My dream is to become a qualified chattered accountant or to one day have a managerial position in one of our banks in the country,” she pointed out.
Sindimba hails from Kahenge in the Kavango West Region and attended the Leevi Hakusembe Secondary School.
She was taken in by a woman who also provided employment to her mother.
“She became my motivator and put me through school. I am grateful to her for my achievements and for raising me,” Sindimba said.
Her studies are paid for through the grant for marginalised communities in the Office of the Prime Minister.
Close to 231 students graduated in various fields that cover education, economics and management sciences, health sciences and as well as humanities and social sciences.