Education a lifelong event: Steenkamp

06 Apr 2019 11:50am
HITUWAMATA, 06 APR (NAMPA) – Executive Director in the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Sanet Steenkamp said education is not a once-off event, but rather a lifelong process that requires continued participation of all stakeholders.
Steenkamp said this whilst officiating at the inauguration and handover of a new classroom and storeroom sponsored by Tunacor Fishing Company to the Hituwamata Primary School (PS) in the Ohangwena Region’s Ondobe Constituency on Friday.
She told those present that continued involvement of all stakeholders in education will enable the sector to achieve its goal to educate and train the Namibian child and equip them to be masters of their own destinies.
Steenkamp used the platform to encourage all companies in Namibia to offer her ministry support in whatever form possible.
“Investing in education, especially pre-primary and upper primary, will in the long-term boost access to tertiary education and graduation rates,” stated Steenkamp, adding that it is just a matter of time before investments in education begin to pay off.
She then pointed out that the ministry in its 2019/20 financial year set aside N.dollars 80 million for teachers’ housing, classrooms and other facilities such as libraries, while N.dollars 60 million is for renovation.
Speaking at the same event, Tunacor representative Shariza Smith said her company’s support to Hituwamata started in late 2017 and the company is considering the second phase of support to the school.
Tunacor funded the construction of the classroom, storeroom, solar power facilities, desks and chairs to the tune of some N.dollars 500 000.
Headmaster of the school, Isai Toivo told the gathering that Hituwamata PS opened in 2011 as a rural school with 27 learners taught under a tree by two teachers.
“The school grows fast, parents continue providing children and we currently have a population of 526 learners (from pre-primary to Grade 7) and 15 teachers, with some learners still being taught in several shack structures,” Toivo narrated.
The government constructed the school’s first permanent structure, a four-classroom and storeroom block, in 2013.