Kunene's Sida Di/Goan initiative lauded

21 May 2019 | Education

President Hage Geingob expressed delight with the Sida Di/Goan initiative, which specialises in repairing the broken chairs, tables and beds of schools in the Kunene Region.

The initiative, which was founded by the governor of Kunene Marius Sheya in December 2018 and translates to 'Our Children, Our Responsibility' from Khoekhoegowab, was on Friday officially launched by Geingob at Kamanjab.

Geingob, during the launch, said the initiative is extraordinary as it cuts on the costs of purchasing new items, which are usually expensive and that the replication of this initiative in the other 13 regions is an absolute must and should be spearheaded by each regional governor.

“It is a worthy emulating example. It only needs human resources for labour,” he said, referring to the 14 volunteers who carry out the repairs.

On his part, Sheya announced that the programme has so far repaired a total of 2 000 school tables, 2 000 chairs and 216 beds for hostel dwellers, which were all broken and discarded at different school yards in Kamanjab.

Education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa at the same event vowed to set aside a budget for this programme in each region going forward.

She said the challenge of broken chairs, desks and beds for hostel dwellers is an eyesore at most of the government schools, and therefore, repairing them with volunteers without going on tender would be the way forward.

At the same event, the Chinese ambassador to Namibia, Zhang Yiming pledged a donation of 40 000 schoolbags to be given for free to different schools across the country.

Yiming said the Chinese government made N$100 000 available this year towards the Sida

Di/Goan initiative.

“Before September this year, we from the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation plan to raise funds from ordinary Chinese online, so that we can use the money to buy and donate 40 000 fully equipped panda pack schoolbags to learners in Namibia,” he said.

Yiming also said his government strongly believes that the future of any country lies in the hands of the young people, therefore, Yiming expressed his wish to see all school-going Namibians carry their books and other learning tools in secure schoolbags.

The fisheries minister Bernhardt Esau also handed over a total of 1 387 new school mattresses to the school hostel dwellers in the Kunene Region in order to support the initiative.

The mattresses were purchased by the Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust in collaboration with the ministry at a cost of over N$478 000.

The trust also donated 12 new computers to the Kunene Region's directorate of education, worth over N$221 000.

Esau commended the Sida

Di/Goan initiative, saying it is a gesture of commitment towards education for all in the country.

Similar News

 

88 schoolgirls fall pregnant in Oshana

1 day - 17 July 2019 | Education

Eighty-eight learners, including two girls in Grade 7, fell pregnant in the Oshana Region during the first term of 2019. Oshana governor Elia Irimari...

Houses turned into ablution blocks

2 days ago - 16 July 2019 | Education

Three incomplete teacher's houses constructed at Kasivi Combined School in the Kavango West Region have been turned into ablution facilities for learners.When Namibian Sun visited...

Preparing pupils for emergencies

2 days ago - 16 July 2019 | Education

Ester Kamati The disaster risk management school quiz is an initiative driven by the City of Windhoek and was introduced with the aim of ensuring...

Russia digs deep to feed pupils

2 days ago - 16 July 2019 | Education

652 tonnes of wheat and 51 tonnes of cooking oil valued at N$1.5 million to the education ministry’s school feeding scheme.The handover ceremony took place...

Quality education jaded at 'uneconomical schools'

2 days ago - 16 July 2019 | Education

Most school-going children undertake their studies in a formal structure with access to the resources that enable their learning, including qualified teachers and adequate learning...

100 years of excellence

2 days ago - 16 July 2019 | Education

Justicia ShipenaOne hundred years ago, on 8 July 1919, St George’s Diocesan School opened its doors for the first time with three staff members and...

A whole new world

2 days ago - 16 July 2019 | Education

Jacobina Kalunduka I am studying towards a bachelor of accounting degree at the University of Stellenbosch. I started studying last year. I chose accounting...

Privaatskool Welwitschia spog met nuwe perseel

2 days ago - 16 July 2019 | Education

Michelline Nawatises Privaatskool Welwitschia het op 3 Julie amptelik die nuwe perseel van sy laerskool in Mozartstraat in die hoofstad ingewy. Die hoërskool is...

1 000 schoolgirls receive pads

1 week ago - 11 July 2019 | Education

A local organisation that produces washable and affordable sanitary pads distributed packs consisting of six pads each in varying sizes to 1 000 girls in...

Andjaba to act in Katrina's place

1 week ago - 10 July 2019 | Education

The Namibian Presidency, by way of its press secretary Alfredo Hengari, has announced that Martin Andjaba, currently minister of presidential affairs in the Presidency, has...

Latest News

Geingob stirs pot

3 hours ago | Politics

President Hage Geingob is meeting Swapo regional leaders across the country in the afternoons, after his ongoing town hall and regional meetings with the public.In...

Mujoro denies dodging 'independent' prickly...

3 hours ago | Politics

Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) chief electoral officer Theo Mujoro has denied dodging the prickly subject of independent candidates standing in elections in the country,...

Respect is a two-way street

3 hours ago | Columns

The ongoing debate unfolding in the National Assembly, which puts social cohesion in the spotlight, is quite interesting. For far too long we have observed...

Vendors in despair

3 hours ago | Agriculture

Mahangu flour vendors operating at various open markets in Rundu are struggling to pay back loans they took to purchase unprocessed grain from farmers, because...

State sued for N$3.8 million

3 hours ago | Justice

A man who was cleared of murder and robbery charges after he had spent more than five years in jail awaiting the completion of his...

Oshakati abattoir to reopen soon

3 hours ago | Agriculture

KIAT Investment Holdings, which has been awarded a tender to manage the Oshakati abattoir, says the plant will soon resume operations.This will be a relief...

NNFU sheds regional functions

3 hours ago | Agriculture

The Namibia National Farmers Union (NNFU) has underwent a restructuring exercise that has seen it shed some its regional operations.NNFU executive director Mwilima Mushokobanji said...

'We are not fighting'

3 hours ago | Government

President Hage Geingob held a town hall meeting in Mariental on Monday, and was in Keetmanshoop yesterday, where he assured residents that his administration is...

B1 City fraud accused loses...

3 hours ago | Justice

Hafeni Nghinamwaami, one the three businesspeople implicated in the fraud and corruption case surrounding the B1 City property development project, is without legal representation after...

Load More