Engineers repair desks on community service day

27 Apr 2019 13:20pm
WINDHOEK, 27 APR (NAMPA) - Close to 40 artisans, technicians, engineers and students from vocational training centres repaired desks and chairs at Pionier Boys School in Windhoek on Saturday as part of an engineering community service day.
The event was an initiative of the Namibian Association of Engineers (NASE).
NASE president Charles Mukwaso told Nampa the organisation seeks to assist communities with any challenges they face through various outreach activities on their community service day.
“Instead of the government having to spend money on hiring someone or a company that is going to do this for the schools, we are assisting where we can by using our technical skills,” he said.
Mukwaso said the broken chair and table frames, back rests and desk-tops would be assembled to make chairs and 170 desks.
Director of Education for the Khomas Region, Gerard Vries told this agency in an interview NASE approached the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture with a request to assist in the repairs.
He said the school was chosen for the initiative because it is where the ministry assembles all broken desk and chair frames.
“The learners (at Pionier Boys School) do the repairs as part of their practical training but they cannot keep up with the repairs. Due to the volume of learners in Khomas schools, there is also always a need for additional desks and chairs,” he said.