22 Sep 2017 19:10pm
REHOBOTH, 22 SEP (NAMPA) Government will do everything in its power to ensure there are equal opportunities for all learners irrespective of their location, Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa has said.
Speaking at the inauguration of the new pre-primary classrooms and feeding scheme building at the JTL Beukes Primary School in Rehoboth on Friday, Hanse-Himarwa said the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals can only be achieved if there are equal opportunities for all.
The four classrooms and feeding scheme block were constructed at a combined cost of N.dollars 1.5 million.
When I signed my declaration of intent with the President after my appointment as minister, one of my key strategic areas of focus was the School Feeding Programme and by construction of this feeding unit, this school and its community makes a meaningful contribution to the declaration, she said.
Hanse-Himarwa went on to say the provision of a nutritious meal at school has improved the attendance and attention span of learners.
This programme changes lives and ultimately can impact the futures of poor countries around the world in a profound way, she said.
She further said fighting hunger is outlined in Pillar Three of the Harambee Prosperity Plan and must become a national responsibility involving all Namibians.
The new classrooms became necessary when pre-primary classes were made part of the formal education system in 2013.
This inauguration marks a giant leap towards making education an apex priority. Education facilities are not nice to have, but integral tools of learning and teaching, she said.
Four of the pre-primary classrooms will accommodate 24 learners each, with the remaining classroom to be used as a play group area.
The school caters for learners from Grades 0 to Grade 7 and has 1 000 learners and 33 teachers.