HELPING HAND: Oosterheim Combined School in Aroab is set to expand by two classrooms and a fully functioning ablution facility with the help of the Anglo-American Namibia Foundation. 
PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED
HELPING HAND: Oosterheim Combined School in Aroab is set to expand by two classrooms and a fully functioning ablution facility with the help of the Anglo-American Namibia Foundation. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

Foundation helps Aroab school

Elizabeth Joseph
The Anglo-American Namibia Foundation (AANF) is set to build two much-needed classrooms and an ablution facility at the Oosterheim Combined School at Aroab.

The project is still in its planning phase, AANF coordinator Richard Cook said. A lack of classrooms and bathroom facilities at the school prompted the organisation’s decision to help.

"This was needed due to an increase in learners. The insufficient ablution facilities at the satellite school also prompted the request to AANF," he said. Plans are still being worked out.

"The value [of the additional classrooms and bathroom] that was determined by the works ministry in 2021 was around N$1.6 million. However, this has not been confirmed, because the foundation needs to compare quotations first. We are going there to do a site visit to see the needs again so that the planning process can proceed. A new budget needs to be drafted as well.”

Final approval for the project will take place at a trustee meeting, Cook added.

Teamwork

"We are assisting the government and we know why we are doing it. Education is the backbone of any nation and Namibia is no different.

“The private sector is aware that the government is currently experiencing financial difficulties and therefore the AANF has committed itself to assist where it can through its social responsibility arm," he said

Ingrid Coetzee, the school’s principal, said Oosterheim is grateful and appreciates any help they can get.

"I proposed this back in 2020 already, because the state of the school had deteriorated since its inception in 1975.

“After that, it had never been renovated again. With the new classrooms and the toilets, the grade nine to 11 learners can be taught in separate classrooms from the other grades.”

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Namibian Sun 2022-11-27

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