30 Mar 2019 10:30am
WINDHOEK, 30 MAR (NAMPA) - Deputy Minister of Marginalised Communities, Royal /Ui/o/oo on Friday launched the 2019 Back to School and Stay in School campaign at Okahandja.
Launched six years ago, the campaign is aimed at drawing the attention of San, Ovatue and Ovahimba learners and parents to the importance of education as the key to poverty alleviation and the attainment of socio-economic development within their communities.
In his speech at the event held at the Okahandja Secondary School, /Ui/o/oo reminded the learners that education is a crucial personal gain.
When you are educated you will have many choices in life and opportunities to get jobs of your choice. You will always hold your qualification and mostly be on the safe side because your qualification will speak on your behalf, he said.
/Ui/o/oo said many things contribute to children dropping out of school, including hunger and a lack of transport, psychosocial support, motivation and encouragement.
He however said there has been a decrease in the number of learners from marginalised communities who drop out of school since the campaign started.
Because of last years back to school campaign, the enrolment figures for marginalised students at institutions of higher learning has also increased as they began to understand the importance of education.
As a results, 98 marginalised students have registered as first year students with the University of Namibia, 49 with the Namibia University of Science and Technology and 102 with the International University of Management.
/Ui/o/oo further pointed out that the number of learners at both primary and secondary schools, has increased significantly.
We are here to make sure that our learners get the same message and to instil enthusiasm in marginalised children so they can understand the importance of education, he said.
He also urged parents take the education of their children seriously and work hand in hand with teachers for their childrens sake.