05 Nov 2013 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 05 NOV (NAMPA) - The Old Mutual and NedNamibia Education Trust has awarded 10 students, out of 700 applications, with bursaries to study at institutions of higher learning next year.
The trust is funded by Old Mutual (80 per cent) and Nedbank Namibia (20 per cent), and bursaries are awarded to members of trade unions and/or their dependents. Bursaries included for studies in medicine, engineering, accounting and finance, actuarial and quantitative science, pure and applied science, mathematics as well as information and communication technology.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony on Tuesday, Deputy Director of Research, Information and Publicity in the Ministry of Education, Mathew Shimhopileni commended the private sector for engaging in education transformation initiatives in the country.
He was speaking on behalf of the Education Minister, Dr David Namwandi.
It is this knowledge that makes it fundamental for each country, and specifically Namibia, to allow our youth access to education, which will enable them to absorb, adapt and engage with knowledge and empower them to lead this country to the greatness we believe lies within, he stressed.
He went on to say Old Mutual has proven to be a leader in being a responsible corporate citizen through corporate social investment projects.
At the same occasion, Old Mutual Chief Executive Officer Gim Victor noted that the company awarded bursaries to deserving candidates who have played their part in terms of merit and dedication.
It is through education that we are able to address and understand the challenges that face us as a nation, whether these are health issues, infrastructural development, optimisation of cultural diversity, or financial stability. The roadmap what will lead us to success in 2030 must be clearly paved with focus and determination, he stressed.
A bursary recipient and University of Pretoria graduate, who is also an orthopaedist at the Katutura State Hospital, Grant Olivier commended both financial institutions for contributing towards educating the youth.
The trust always paid his university fees and any other expenses on time, he indicated.
You will face a lot of obstructions, but you must follow your dreams. Start a relationship with God - it is working for me, he advised the bursary beneficiaries.
The recipients are Iipinge Mutangeni, Julius Noongoh, Vilho Mbanugu, Rauna Johannes, Lela-Aye Nuyoma, Leoni Louw, Paulus Tjakula, Eva-Liisa Heita, Johannes Hilukilwa, and Mwilima Simasiku.