French learners to build dormitory at Omaheke school

02 Jul 2019 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 02 JUL (NAMPA) - Learners from the International School of Paris have raised nearly N.dollars 500 000 to build a dormitory at the Omuhaturua Primary School in Omunanagombe village in the Omaheke Region, as part of its sustainable development project.
This was revealed by project member Jack Wessel when he paid a courtesy visit to President Hage Geingob at State House on Tuesday while in the company of International School of Paris teachers and learners as well as the French Ambassador, Claire Bodonyi.
During the meeting, Wessel informed the Head of State that the group, which arrived on Monday, would spend the next three weeks building the dormitory that will accommodate about 50 learners at the school, while learning about Namibian history, language and culture.
“The school, in the past several years, has seen more learners coming in because they want to receive an education, but the dormitories at the moment are nearly full so our idea this year was to build new dormitories,” he said.
Wessel added that the group would also further be teaching classes and spending time with the local community to learn local languages.
“When coming to Namibia, one of our main goals was not just to work with the community but to integrate into it as well,” he said
Geingob said he was impressed with the programme and the learners’ willingness to learn about Namibia and urged them to take the insight gained back to France.
Education Director in the Omaheke Region, Pecka Semba upon enquiry said the school has 1 307 learners, of which 202 are accommodated in the 180-person capacity dormitories.
“The construction and renovations to the dormitories have been approved and renovations to the dining and recreation area have already started,” he said.
Semba said the school has seen an increase in the number of learners and added that the lack of accommodation was not unique to Omuhaturua Primary School.