Japan builds classrooms for Ntara Combined School

16 Apr 2019 17:00pm
NTARA, 16 APR (NAMPA) – The government of Japan through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects on Tuesday officially handed over a block of three classrooms and a storeroom to Ntara Combined School in the Kavango West Region.
The facilities were constructed to the tune of N.dollars 900 585.10, to bring down the makeshift classrooms and enable all learners to study in permanent classrooms and in a more conducive educational environment.
The immediate beneficiaries of the new classrooms will be the 81 Grade 4 learners and 35 Grade 5 learners who were previously taught in iron sheet classrooms.
Inaugurating the facilities, Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Ester Anna Nghipondoka said good classrooms and good infrastructure are important for creating a conducive environment for teaching and learning to produce excellent school outcomes.
“I have no doubt that better classrooms, such as these we are inaugurating today, will encourage better school attendance and performance. It is also beneficial for the broader community surrounding Ntara Combined School, because the children studying at Ntara today are Namibia’s leaders of tomorrow,” she added.
Nghipondoka further stressed that if a community is to improve its economic and social wellbeing, it needs people with the right experience acquired through the right quality of education.
“As we all know, good education starts with young people learning the basics of reading and writing at primary school and this can only be successfully done in a well-equipped class,” she pointed out.
Handing over the classrooms, Japan’s Ambassador to Namibia Hideaki Harada said based on experience in Japan, educating children is one of the most important tasks for the development of any country, while investing in them is an investment for the future of the country.
He commended the ministry’s efforts in accelerating equitable inclusive quality education for all learners, as outlined in the Fifth National Development Plan.