Classroom block for Ntara

24 April 2019 | Education

Learners at Ntara Combined School in Kavango West will no longer be taught in makeshift classrooms following the donation of a classroom block by the Japanese embassy.

The lack of proper classrooms in the region remains a challenge, with learners and teachers having to endure temporary structures that are said to have a negative impact on the quality of education.

This is the case in many rural schools, where learners are either taught in temporary structures or are forced to receive their lessons in overcrowded in classrooms due to a lack of funds to construct permanent infrastructure.

The Japanese embassy in Namibia learnt about the situation at Ntara Combined School and decided to construct a classroom block worth over N$900 000.

The block, which comprises of three classrooms and a storeroom, was recently handed over to the Kavango West education directorate and officially inaugurated by deputy education minister Anna Nghipondoka.

The furniture in the classrooms was also provided by the Japanese embassy.

Ntara Combined School, which was established in 1935, currently accommodates 680 learners from pre-primary to Grade 9 level and 23 teachers.

At the handover event Japanese ambassador to Namibia, Hideaki Harada, said the donation forms part of their Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP), which is one of the ways the people from Japan assist countries in need.

Harada said the donation was in line with their philosophy of investing in education, as it has a meaningful impact on the future of countries.

“As Japan's own experience shows, educating children is one of the most important tasks for the development of any country. Investing in children is an investment in the future of the country,” Harada said.

He said thus far 35 schools across the country have benefited from the GGP programme. Nghipondoka expressed her gratitude towards the Japan embassy, saying the donation serves as proof that the bilateral agreement between the two countries was bearing positive fruits.

She said good classrooms and infrastructure are important for creating a conducive environment for teaching and learning, in order to produce excellent outcomes.

“Nothing is more important than the education of our learners. Education enlightens them to be a strong and creative generation for our nation,” she said.

“As we all know, a good education starts with young people learning the basics of reading and writing at primary school and this can only be successfully done in a well-equipped classroom.”

KENYA KAMBOWE

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