Ohorongo cements education with a donation

14 Jun 2017 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 14 JUN (NAMPA) - Ohorongo Cement on Wednesday donated 2 300 bags of cement worth N.dollars 230 000 to the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture.
Receiving the donation, Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa said providing equal access to a good quality education service requires multi-sectoral cooperation.
“The private sector has an equally important role to play in the provision of quality education in Namibia, therefore, for us as a country to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, it is paramount that we all play our part,” said Hanse-Himarwa.
She also expressed concern after a recent tour of the Zambezi Region, where she found many schools and teacher accommodation facilities in a dilapidated state.
Ohorongo Managing Director (MD), Hans-Wilhelm Schütte said social progression and infrastructure development (SP&ID) ranks high on Ohorongo’s national agenda, specifically in support of the Harambee Prosperity Plan.
“These (SP&ID) are important foundations for development of any economy, without which our Vision 2030 cannot be realised,” said Schütte.
Ohorongo is a firm supporter of initiatives that uplift Namibians, and would like to associate the brand with activities that promise recurring benefits to the future generations, said the MD.
Schütte said the decision to benefit education was motivated by numerous and genuine requests for cement donations from schools.
The donation was initiated through the Ohorongo Otavi Community Trust, and will be used by schools in the Omusati, Oshana, Ohangwena, Oshikoto and Zambezi regions to construct classrooms, as well as ablution and cooking facilities.
The cement plant is situated north of Otavi.
The handover comes on the eve of the Day of the African Child on Friday that will be celebrated under the theme ‘The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for Children in Africa: Accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunity’.