Japan government hands over block of classrooms to Groot Aub Primary School

08 Feb 2019 10:10am
WINDHOEK, 07 FEB (NAMPA)- The government of Japan, through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP), on Thursday handed over a block of four classrooms and a storeroom to the Groot Aub Primary School in the Khomas Region.
The facilities were constructed at a tune of N. dollars 756,092.72 to abolish the platoon system, which was introduced by the school in 2011, due to the growing population at the settlement.
Currently, 128 learners in grade three and 45 newly enrolled learners in grade one, make use of the platoon system (school in the afternoon).
Inaugurating the facilities, Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, expressed that the need for classrooms has been a great concern in the Khomas Region, due to the fast growing population.
This, she said, has brought the country to a historical watershed of either opting for the platoon system or erecting tents which are not conducive for teaching and learning, considering the harsh climatic conditions such as excessive heat, wind and rain.
“Consequently, this has a negative impact on our regional academic performances over the past few years,” the minister stressed.
She pointed out that research has shown that the division of the school day into two sessions results in very limited teaching and learning time and makes it difficult for the school principals to monitor and control all school activities effectively.
At the same event, Ambassador of Japan to Namibia, Hideaki Harada announced that the Groot Aub Primary school is the 35th school supported by the government of Japan.
“This is the fourth school block I have handed over since my arrival in Namibia, which shows Japan’s continued commitment to cooperation with your Ministry,” said Harada.
He noted that three school blocks in other schools supported with the fiscal year of 2017 (FY 2017) are under construction, and four school blocks are to be supported with the budget for FY 2018 to provide a better educational environment to Namibian children.