31 Oct 2013 22:29pm
OKAOKO-OTAVI, 31 OCT (NAMPA) Former Deputy Prime Minister Dr Libertina Amathila donated 12 computers and a printer, worth N.dollars 70 000, to the Okaoko-Otavi Combined School on Wednesday.
The highly-respected retired politician bought the laptops and printer for the school from her own pocket.
She used part of her pension money, savings and sold a few of her cattle to buy the computers for the Okaoko-Otavi Combined school.
At first, I wanted to establish a Vocational Training Centre at Okangwati and started saving for that purpose. But after the old barracks of the colonial South African army which I had identified as the most suitable place for the project were handed over to the Ministry of Defence, I decided to buy laptops for the Okaoko-Otavi Combined School, Amathila explained.
She called on the learners to study hard and to protect their computers from being stolen, damaged or abused.
Dr Amathila said she grew very fond of Okaoko-Otavi village when she was working in the Kunene Region, as the village resembles her home village of Fransfontein.
Speaking at the same occasion, the Chairperson of the Kunene Regional Council Dudu Murorua said computers are no longer luxuries but a basic need in the developing world.
He applauded Amathila for the donation and called on other Namibians to emulate her example.
According to Murorua, Namibia will become a great nation if all the people who are financially stable were to donate to their fellow countrymen who are in need.
He called on Namibians to not only depend on foreign donors but to rather start cultivating a culture of giving to their fellow citizens.
The Deputy Director of Education for the Kunene Region, Bernadette Jagger thanked Amathila for the donation and said it will be useful for learners from Grade One to Grade Nine who have to attend compulsory computer classes as part of their current school curriculum.
Jagger told the gathering that the Ministry of Education will take over the responsibility of maintaining the 12 laptops, and she called on the teachers to also benefit from the computers by learning the necessary skills to operate computers and use the machines to prepare for lessons.
Parents and teachers who were moved by the gesture proposed that they would name either the computer lab, or even the whole school, after Dr Amathila.