10 Oct 2017 20:30pm
REHOBOTH, 10 OCT (NAMPA) - #Oan-||Ob Primary School in Rehoboth celebrated 90 years of existence on Tuesday at a ceremony attended by former principals, learners and teachers under the theme Works of mercy, vision of hope.
The school, named after the #Oan-||Ob River that runs through Rehoboth in the Hardap Region and previously known as Inboorling School, was established on 10 October 1927 after Damara/Nama people petitioned Reverend Herman Schroër in the then old location of Rehoboth from where the indigenous Damara and Nama people were later forcefully removed.
Former principal Willem Beukes, who gave a testimony of the hardships they endured during the early stages of the school, said it was a hard and bitter struggle to convince the authorities not to close the school down.
We had to endure numerous struggles and transformations to get where we are today. We should therefore take time and reflect on the sacrifices made by our torch bearers who fought relentlessly to make this school what it is today, he noted.
Hardap Governor Esme Sophia Isaack in her keynote speech said as it was the case with Namibia during the struggle for independence, #Oan-||Ob also had struggles of its own.
We have to applaud and honour the lives and times of selfless men and women who tirelessly fought and who stopped at nothing in their quest to establish a school for the Damara/Nama community, Isaack remarked.
Isaack further said this was done during an era in which it was believed that a black person did not need any kind of formal education and boys were only taught how to count because it was believed that they should be able to count livestock which they were expected to herd.
I am convinced that those brave men and women were not highly educated, nor did they have the sophisticated ideologies of today, but they had a firm desire to attain education for their children, Isaack said.
She commended those that were part of the establishment and subsequent growth of the school and said they presented a united front at all times as can be seen by the results.
Unity of purpose is fundamental for development and peace. I therefore urge you to imitate your forefathers to achieve your goals in trying times, Isaack concluded.
The official programme was preceded by a prayer session at 06h00 in the morning, led by retired reverend of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN), Stefanus Tiboth and later entertainment from the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) Brass Ensemble and the school drum majorettes.
The event was attended by the schools patron, Nangolo Mbumba and other political and church leaders.