Debmarine–NAMDEB Foundation to construct classrooms
FOUR classrooms and an ablution facility will be constructed at the Aus Primary School in Windhoek by the Debamrine-NAMDEB Foundation.
The buildings, which will cost NS2.5 million, are expected to be completed in December 2022.
Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony, the chairperson of the Debmarine-Namdeb foundation board, Brent Eiseb,said the construction of the facilities will make a big difference in the future of learners and the foundation wants to leave a big legacy behind.
“ A five-year old child today will be 23 in the year 2040 and today’s efforts are geared towards helping the 23-year-old prepare as best as possible from an early age to be an asset to this school, community and Namibia at large,” he said
“We are here today to say to that young person, we want to take your hand and help you walk into that future. The Debmarine foundation as well as the Namibia De Beers entities support young people and therefore take the Government’s hand to ensure a bright future for the Namibian child.”
Eiseb added,”What we are doing today is the right thing to do and I am delighted that we partnered with the Ministry (Education) and you as educators ,to enable, capacitate and develop our young people and leaders of tomorrow.”
Also speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony,Governor of the Khomas Region, Mcleod-Katjirua, appreciated the fact that one of the schools in her region was a beneficiary.
She thanked the Debmarine-Namdeb Foundation for augmenting government efforts to provide education.
“The generosity that you bestow on the needy people around you must put you in a better position to be given more and mightily blessed,” Mcleod-Katjirua said
Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Faustina Caley, said the move from the Foundation was a response to the line Ministry’s appeal to the community and business people to assist with the construction of additional classrooms.
We recognise that the Government cannot do this alone. It will take the public sector and the private sector working together to make this work,” Caley said.
The principal of Auas Primary School, Jogbeth Kaita, explained the current situation, “ Different cohorts of learners are using the same buildings for teaching and learning, with one group attending in the morning and the other group in the afternoon. This has a negative impact on learners’ performance and their safety when returning back home.”
Kaita said, “ The new classrooms will help alleviate the backlog that has been affecting the performance of learners, particularly those in Grade Three.”
Auas Primary School which was established in 1969 has 1357 learners.