333 schools, 16 hostels in Kavango

30 October 2019 | Local News

The two Kavango regions are faced with a lack of hostel accommodation and many learners have to walk long distances to school.

This situation leads to many children dropping out of school.

Some learners are accommodated in dilapidated church buildings as their parents have nowhere else to put them.

For the past 10 months Ewi lyaNooli has observed how boys of school age become cattle herders or fishermen, while girls stay at home, helping their parents with household chores such as fetching firewood and water.

Although there are many factors that can result in a learner quitting school, the lack of hostel accommodation in the two regions is a major one.

For regions such as Kavango East and Kavango West, where there are few towns and few secondary schools, school hostels are crucial.

Some children are fortunate to find a place in the few available hostels, but the rest must find alternative accommodation near their schools.

Those who cannot do so, have no option but to walk dozens of kilometres every day.

Kavango West has 176 schools and Kavango East 157 schools, but the two regions together have only 16 hostels.

In an interview with Ewi lyaNooli, Kavango West education director Teopolina Hamutumua and Kavango East education director Fanuel Kapapero explained how the lack of hostels has affected the education system.

According to Hamutumua, the 176 schools in Kavango West have only four hostels.

“The situation is very bad because the schools are too many and the hostels we have do not address the need,” Hamutumua said.

In some communities parents and community members have joined hands to build what is known as community hostels.

These community hostels consist of temporary structures or huts, which are overcrowded because of the high demand. Parents and community volunteers provide the food and cook for the children.

Although acknowledging the contribution of the communities to set up community hostels, Hamutumwa said that was not the way to go, as the hostels are not sustainable.

He said the funding model of the community hostels, which is based on voluntary contributions by parents, becomes a challenge when the parents and guardians are unable to afford food or other basic necessities.

Hamutumua also spoke about the problems caused by overcrowding at government hostels.

She said because of the high demand for hostel accommodation, these buildings are housing double the number of children they were designed for.

At schools like Leevi Hakusembe Secondary School, the overcrowding results in regular sewer blockages.

“It is a situation we are not happy about, but that is the reality on the ground. It also comes with challenges including the fixing of the sewer system every now and then because the learners are too many,” she said.

When asked what was being done to address the problem, Hamutumua said the regional office has informed the head office of its challenges, which include the need for building more hostels in the region.

But because building a new hostel is a costly exercise, the best solution during the economic downturn is to expand existing hostels to accommodate more learners.

“I think that adding blocks to already constructed hostels instead of building a new one, which is costly, is the approach we should take,” Hamutumua said.

Concurring with Hamutumua, Kapapero said more hostels need to be built in the region, especially in the inland areas.

Kapapero said there is no primary school with a hostel in the inland area of Kavango East.

Kapapero said secondary schools such as Meyuva and Shamangoro are also in need of hostels.

KENYA KAMBOWE

Similar News

 

Families in Ohangwena empowered with goats

3 months ago - 25 March 2020 | Local News

In its quest to improve the livelihoods of rural communities, the Ohangwena Regional Council, through its rural services division, has handed over 180 goats worth...

Don't eat marula worms

3 months ago - 25 March 2020 | Local News

The ministry of agriculture has urged people in northern Namibia not to eat the caterpillars that feed on marula tree leaves because they do not...

Coronavirus: Nkurenkuru tells residents to keep safe

3 months ago - 25 March 2020 | Local News

To curb the spread of the coronavirus, the Nkurenkuru town council said it has informed all its residents to take precautionary measures to keep themselves...

Klein Piet desperate for a job

3 months ago - 25 March 2020 | Local News

A 37-year-old man from Grootfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region desperately wants a job to improve his life as he is tired of living at the...

Stingy businesses, parents scolded

4 months ago - 26 February 2020 | Local News

Kavango East education director Fanuel Kapapero says it is a shame for learners to endure harsh conditions at schools and hostels while businesses and well-off...

NCT opens purse to education

4 months ago - 26 February 2020 | Local News

The Namibian Community Trust (NCT) this month officially handed over a fully furnished four-classroom block and erected a fence at Pandureni Combined School in Kavango...

Omagongo time in the north!

4 months ago - 26 February 2020 | Local News

Traditional authorities in the north are gearing up for the annual Omagongo Festival, where copious amounts of fermented marula juice is consumed. All eight...

Rising from the ashes

4 months ago - 26 February 2020 | Local News

A welder from Ndiyona village in Kavango East, who previously spent nine years at home doing nothing after failing matric, has called on unemployed youth...

Desperate for a job

4 months ago - 26 February 2020 | Local News

Three men from Divundu in the Kavango East Region who are desperate to secure employment say they are willing to accept any job to put...

Livestock auctions the best option – Angula

4 months ago - 26 February 2020 | Local News

Former cabinet minister Helmut Angula has advised those in the Northern Communal Areas (NCA) who would like to earn an income from livestock farming to...

Latest News

Don't eat marula worms

3 months ago - 25 March 2020 | Local News

The ministry of agriculture has urged people in northern Namibia not to eat the caterpillars that feed on marula tree leaves because they do not...

Coronavirus: Nkurenkuru tells residents to...

3 months ago - 25 March 2020 | Local News

To curb the spread of the coronavirus, the Nkurenkuru town council said it has informed all its residents to take precautionary measures to keep themselves...

Klein Piet desperate for a...

3 months ago - 25 March 2020 | Local News

A 37-year-old man from Grootfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region desperately wants a job to improve his life as he is tired of living at the...

Ohangwena registers increase in malaria...

3 months ago - 25 March 2020 | Health

The Ohangwena Region has registered an increase in malaria cases, with 1 106 confirmed positive cases and two deaths between January to 15 March this...

Standard Bank donates to Ohangwena...

3 months ago - 25 March 2020 | Education

A group of 76 learners from two schools in the Ohangwena Region benefited from a donation of uniforms from Standard Bank Namibia valued at N$20...

Mbambo urges coronavirus vigilance

3 months ago - 25 March 2020 | Health

As part of the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, Kavango East regional governor Samuel Mbambo has called upon the inhabitants of his region to adhere...

Farmers want weekend auctions back

3 months ago - 25 March 2020 | Agriculture

Farmers in the northern communal areas (NCA) are not happy with the agriculture ministry's decision to move auctions from weekends to weekdays, saying this has...

NSSU worried about 2019 sport...

3 months ago - 25 March 2020 | Sports

The Namibia School Sport Union is hoping that the Covid-19 pandemic will not affect the entire year's sport development programme. NSSU vice-president Remigius Iyambo said...

Rundu sports tourney postponed

3 months ago - 25 March 2020 | Sports

The long-anticipated annual Florinu Guesthouse sports tournament at Rundu, which had been scheduled for the Independence Day weekend, was postponed to the end of May...

Load More