Namport donates Utuseb school an administration block

24 Jun 2017 17:10pm
UTUSEB, 24 JUN (NAMPA) – After struggling for many years, the JP Brandt Primary School in Utuseb south of Walvis Bay, on Friday received an administration block.
The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) Social Investment Fund constructed the building worth N.dollars 590 000.
The school was built in 1987 along the Kuiseb River and the majority learners are from the Topnaar community.
Inaugurating the building, Namport Chief Executive Officer Bisey /Uirab noted the importance of support in the education sector of Namibia.
“We do not only support infrastructure development but this is part of shaping the future of our children.”
He said since the Fund was started in 2006 to support healthcare and education amongst other areas, Namport has spent about N.dollars 25 million on development projects.
He said classrooms, computer laboratories, housing and information technology centres are among some of the projects undertaken across the country.
Topnaar Traditional Authority Chief, Seth Kooitjie decided to name the administration block after his grandfather Matawab Sanasib.
He called on the learners to take good care of the building because it is important in providing a good quality service.
“Without administration there is no education. This investment is for your future, so take good care of it.”
He said the support from Namport is welcomed with both arms because the school cannot exist without infrastructure.
Due to minimal renovations for many years, some of the classrooms at the school are now dilapidated.
Kooitjie noted that even if his community is not well off and mostly requires assistance from Government and the private sector, they are determined to improve.
“We will not sit and be beggars, we are teaching ourselves to survive on our own.”
He said one way to develop the community is to educate the young people who will later plough back.
On her part, Inspector of the Walvis Bay Education Circuit Monica Gawises said investments such as these are life changing to beneficiaries.
She said it was also crucial to support the Ministry of Education’s struggle to provide infrastructure, noting education is the key to eradicating poverty and gender based violence.
“I request the Topnaar community to send children to school, as this is the only way to upgrade and change the current situation.”