Nored awards bursaries worth N$280 000

06 June 2019 | Education

The Northern Regional Energy Distributor (Nored) (Nored) has awarded its first-ever bursaries worth N$280 000 to three students at the University of Namibia (Unam).

The three students from Unam's José Eduardo dos Santos campus in Ongwediva are third-year bachelor of accounting student Selma Shikongo and second-year bachelor of science (electrical engineering) students Josephat Simeon and Elago Petrus.

During the awarding of the bursaries at Ondangwa yesterday, Nored CEO Fillemon Nakashole said the company received 57 applications and that the three beneficiaries were selected because of academic performance, determination, financial need, affirmative action and diversity.

Nakashole said in 2017 Nored approved a training and development policy to offer external bursaries to prospective students.

“This policy was developed towards the development of human capital for the betterment of Namibian youth at various institutions of higher learning. Nored has committed itself to supporting government's efforts towards its national development goals of education, in making sure that it offers study opportunities through its bursary development scheme to deserving students,” said Nakashole.

“I would like to warn the recipients to fully understand that the bursary conditions are clear, that you forfeit the bursary if you fail, so please focus on your studies and don't end up burdening your parents.”

He said the bursaries will cover registration and tuition fees, books and transport, as well as accommodation, meals and semester allowances.

He added that apart from the bursary scheme, Nored has also established strategic partnerships through memorandums of understanding with all vocational training centres within their areas of operation, in order to offer job-attachment opportunities to students in the electrical, human resources and administration fields.

Dr Petrina Johannes, the dean in the faculty of engineering and information technology (IT) at Unam, said they appreciate Nored's efforts.

She said the bursaries came at a time when there is confusion around Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) funding.

“We are feeling grateful for what Nored has done. It is showing that corporate companies believe in the education of the Namibian nation and they are willing to support it. It is really a great thing that came at a time when many are really in need,” said Johannes.

Martha Shivute, a parent to one of the beneficiaries, said she is happy because she is unemployed and they were struggling to pay tuition fees.

“When my son started at Unam last year it was a struggle. We were going to people's houses, begging for money, but we only managed to pay half of the money. This is now good news and we are grateful for what Nored has done,” said Shivute.

ILENI NANDJATO