Partners in education extend a helping hand

It is better to give than to receive

28 February 2020 | Short News

Michelline Nawatises

The Bankers Association of Namibia (BAN) handed over stationery to seven schools across the country in collaboration with six banks, namely Bank Windhoek, First National Bank, Letshego, Nedbank, Standard Bank and Trustco. The stationery drive came in existence last year in October. Each member bank collected stationery from their staff and the public and received approximately N$12 000 which was collected during the roadside donations to purchase more stationery for the schools.

Ensuring equality

The vice-chancellor of BAN, Ester Kali mentioned that where there is a lack of stationery there cannot be equity, prosperity and progress.

“Children occupy a place of pride among Namibians, and this donation will help the benefiting schools get that pride through enhanced learning,” she said. The stationery which was collectively raised is worth N$68 000. Waltons Namibia stepped in for logistical support.

The acting director of Programmes and quality assurance, Ayesha Wentworth of the ministry of education, arts and culture, delivered a speech on behalf of the executive director, Sanet Steenkamp. She mentioned that the stationery drive initiative has given them hope.

“There is a strong relationship between education and the economy of a country and as a result education is widely accepted as a leading tool for promoting economic growth.”