23 Jun 2019 14:00pm
OMUNGWELUME, 23 JUN (NAMPA) A fundraising function for the construction of leaners accommodation at the Omungwelume Senior Secondary School (SSS) in the Ohangwena Region on Saturday raised N.dollars 509 100.
The function, held at the school, was well attended by former learners, teachers and members of the Ohangwena Regional Council and received pledges of 264 cement bags.
The lack of school hostel accommodation is said to have resulted in learners renting expensive private rooms and some allegedly using car wreckages for shelter.
The event comes after Ohangwena Regional Governor, Usko Nghaamwa, visited the school in 2017 and initiated to mobilise funds for the construction of a hostel.
Nghaamwas office made the highest pledges which included N.dollars 400 000, an ox worth N.dollars 14 000, 58 500 super bricks and 30 bags of mahangu he had donated to the school previously.
Established by retired inspector of education, Nehemia Nghishekwa in 1976, the school currently has about 587 learners in Grade 10 to 12, the majority of whom need accommodation.
In a speech delivered on her behalf, Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa expressed delight that Nghaamwa had acquired and already delivered bricks to the school.
This enormous contribution towards the education of the Namibian child by the governor is indeed inspiring, she stated, while acknowledging that Nghaamwa has also made other personal contributions to different schools within his community and the region.
The Minister described Nghaamwa as a great man, saying the hostel will positively influence the performance of the school through learner success, high learner retention rates and learner satisfaction that will enable them to concentrate on their studies.
Likewise, the hostel will mitigate safety concerns, unintended pregnancies, sexual health issues and the risk of girls and boys being taken advantage of by predators in exchange for favours in order to survive the semester, she noted.
Hanse-Himarwa was represented by her Deputy Minister Anna Nghipondoka and the chairperson of the Ohangwena Regional Council, Erickson Ndawanifa.