06 Oct 2013 04:50
OKANGHUDI, 06 OCT (NAMPA) A lecturer from the Polytechnic of Namibia has pledged to sponsor six less fortunate learners at Okanghudi Combined School (CS) in the Ohangwena Region.
Queen Elizabeth Namundjebo on Friday told Nampa at the school situated in the north-eastern parts of the region her own experience of relying on financial and material support from Good Samaritans and organisations of goodwill until she completed school prompted her desire to support the learners.
Namundjebo said her mother was single, unemployed and unable to pay for her studies, while contributions to her school career were also not forthcoming from her father.
She had been mulling the idea of helping out less fortunate children over for some time and made her intentions known on social networking site Facebook last year, where the schools principal Horeb Rado Dumeni came across it.
I asked Queen to consider helping our school after I read a statement she posted on Facebook saying she was eager to support less fortunate school children, Dumeni told those who attended the event.
The lecturer will amongst others pay the school fees and buy uniforms for learners in Grades 4, 6, 7, 8 and 10.
She travelled from Windhoek to Okanghudi CS last week, where her sponsorship of the learners was made official with a small ceremony on Friday.
While at the school, Namundjebo also donated N.dollars 250 each to the schools two best performers in the August examinations - Victoria Shomwele who is in Grade 8; and Jason Shihepo who is in Grade 10.
She urged learners at Okanghudi CS, as well as those at other schools, to always aim high and study hard if they want to be successful and become professionals who will contribute meaningfully to the development of the country.
Be respectful towards your parents and teachers, and always pray for help from God during your studies, Namundjebo advised the learners.
She at the same time called on them to not use alcohol and to try not to get involved in relationships before they finish school.
She explained that she will sponsor the six learners until they complete their secondary education.
I will also do my best to solicit scholarships for those who want to enter tertiary institutions to further their studies, Namundjebo pledged.
Okanghudi CS was established in the early 1980s.
The school has 600 learners from pre-primary level up to Grade 10, and has 17 teachers; a secretary and cleaner.
Fifty-seven learners sat for the Grade 10 examinations at the school last year, and it recorded a 78 per cent pass rate in that grade, making it the top school in the Ondobe Circuit and sixth in the region in the Grade 10 examination results.