Government cannot do it alone in education: Nghipondoka

16 Apr 2019 18:40pm
NTARA, 16 APR (NAMPA) – Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Anna Nghipondoka once again emphasised that education is not a stand-alone commodity that should be left entirely in the hands of the government.
Nghipondoka made the remarks when she addressed the official inauguration and handover ceremony of new classrooms at Ntara Combined School in the Kavango West Region on Tuesday.
She said in order for Namibia to succeed as a nation, education must be seen as a joint venture that should be addressed by different stakeholders both in private and public sectors.
The ministry has therefore come up with the concept of Friends of Education in Namibia Special Initiative (FENSI) to facilitate and coordinate inputs from different stakeholders.
FENSI is further aimed to advocate and garner support in various forms towards education, arts, and culture.
The deputy minister explained that Government is trying to do everything by itself and needs every stakeholder including local business people to assist.
“Government can take a lead in doing what it can while at the same time, approaching other stakeholders to build more classrooms at schools,” she pleaded.
The Ntara Combined School facilities were constructed by the government of Japan at a cost of nearly N.dollars 1 million.
So far, the Japanese government through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects supported 61 projects to the tune of N.dollars 43.4 million since its introduction in 1997.