28 Sep 2019 19:40pm
OMATUNDA, 28 SEP (NAMPA) Omutaku Combined School (CS), which the media early this year reported faced a shortage of chairs and desks, received a donation of 300 chairs and 300 tables from Omualu fishing company.
The chairs and desks are worth a combined N.dollars 138 000 and Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Bernhard Esau was on Friday at the school to officially hand over the items.
Because of the lack of classroom desks and chairs, the school management as from 2016 requested many of the affected learners to provide their own.
The chairs and desks will benefit the learners who were reported to be learning while sitting on the floor, Esau noted.
According to the minister, Omualus donation demonstrates the companys practical corporate social responsibility.
Easu urged the management of the school to ensure that the learning equipment is used properly and maintained regularly to last for a long time, for the benefit of future learners.
He also called upon members of the business community and other well-wishers to come forward to assist in meeting the many needs of the school.
This school needs our help, let us come forward and show that we care for our learners, he said.
Chairman of Omualu fishing Johannes Nanyeni said sea resources are for all Namibians who need to benefit from what is harvested from the sea.
The chairs and desks were made by the Eenhana Vocational Training Centre and the money remained in the region as local skill was used, said Nanyeni.
Established in 1979 at Omatunda village in the Ohangwena Region with 40 learners taught under a tree, the school currently has 770 learners enrolled from pre-primary to Grade 9 and has 21 teachers.
School principal Lusia Haulofu said former learners of the school in March also donated 28 tables while the local Motovac branch donated 20 chairs and 20 tables and B2 Gold Mine donated 80 desks and 80 chairs to the school in August.
Haulofu said the government in June this year also purchased and delivered 80 desks and 80 chairs for Grade 9 learners, as a promise made after the school was upgraded to Grade 9 in 2018.
Now we need an additional four classrooms, administrative block, ablution facilities, library, science laboratory, school hall and teachers house, she noted.