Students at Onaushe Co-educational School in Uuvudhiya Constituency, Oshana Region welcomed a new block of four classrooms and storeroom on Friday through the MTC Rural Schools Project.
Built at a cost of over N$800,000 and donated in partnership with the Ministry of Education, the classrooms will ensure that the school’s learners receive education in a conducive environment.
The school is the latest beneficiary of the MTC Rural School Project – a national corporate social investment initiative launched in 2020 and conducted to answer the call for run-down schools that lack or have no decent structures.
For the year under review, Onaushe Combined School alongside Aussenkher Primary School in !Kharas Region is this year the selected beneficiaries of new classroom blocks constructed at a cost of $1.6 million Namibians using local contractors from the regions, to support the local construction industry.
To date, the project has supported schools in Kunene, Kavango West, Otjozondjupa, Oshana and !Karas regions, amounting to $6.4 million, respectively.
Under the “Friends of Education Initiative”, schools in need of support are identified by the Ministry under the initiative and a shortlist is made – from which the MTC selects from the list provided by the ministry. The MTC can only support two schools per region per calendar year.
Oshana Governor Elia Irimari receiving the classroom blocks emphasized, “It is a well-known position that education in its superiority is a catalyst that drives development. Therefore, the government should never neglect to invest in it.
“The Oshana region, just like many other regions in our country, faces the challenge of dilapidated or inadequate classrooms. Being taught in a conducive environment is one of the major contributors to good student performance and good grades. Generally, it is destructive and counterproductive for learners and teachers, when teaching and learning takes place under a tree or a building that is almost collapsing,” said Irimari, while applauding MTC for the ‘investment.
While advising learners to take education seriously, MTC’s Director of Human Capital, Corporate Affairs and Marketing, Tim Ekandjo, said, “With this project, MTC is deliberately driven by the sole mandate of completing the government efforts to provide adequate school facilities. »
“Every Namibian child deserves to be educated and developed educationally in a decent and supportive classroom, as they are the future leaders of this country. We therefore remain intentional in our contribution to ensure that we help the Ministry of education to provide quality school facilities to a Namibian child,” Ekandjo added.
Meanwhile, Oshana Director of Education, Ms. Hileni Amukana commended the MTC for its commitment to supporting various social causes in the country and called on other friends of education to join together to s to ensure that, overall, the level of education in Namibia is raised to the desired level.