Namcol inaugurates new buildings at head office

29 Sep 2017 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 29 SEP (NAMPA) - Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila on Friday inaugurated the Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol)’s new infrastructure at its head office in the capital.
The new buildings cover an area of 2 452 square metres and comprise a 600-seat multipurpose hall, a 122-seat auditorium, six lecture venues, three gallery venues, an archive facility, and administration offices.
“To improve on our educational outcomes we should develop and improve the educational infrastructures,” said Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, who presided over the opening of the development on behalf President Hage Geingob.
She added that the resources allocated by the government every year to the education sector must be utilised efficiently so that the nation can reap the desired fruits in the form of motivated teachers and students, higher pass rates and well-managed schools.
“As Government cannot provide all the funding for the required implementation of public projects, institutions like Namcol should go out of their way to steer philanthropic activities in our communities,” she said.
The premier encouraged the business community and “friends of Namibia’s education” to accord assistance to the sector.
“As we move forward with the important task of nation-building, I believe that there is no better investment that our government, parents, guardians and communities can make than an investment in the education of our learners,” she noted, adding that it is for this reason that strengthening of the education sector remains a top priority for Government.
The new main hall of the institution was named after Namibia’s first education minister, Nahas Angula.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila acknowledged him in his presence, saying his main vision before independence was to see an educated society in Namibia, therefore “it really befits him”.
The initial project budget of the infrastructure was N.dollars 54 million but only N.dollars 47 million was spent.
The new development is powered by 273 solar panels that will save 25 per cent of the institution’s electricity consumption.