FirstRand Namibia invests N.dollars 2.8 million in education

The FirstRand Namibia Foundation on Tuesday handed over N.dollars 2.8 million to the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture as an investment towards education.

At the handing-over ceremony in Windhoek, FirstRand Namibia Foundation Chairperson, Clara Bohitile, said the Namibian Government has made tremendous progress in getting children into classrooms and the majority of children countrywide now have access to free primary and secondary education.

“But nevertheless, the education sector still faces challenges when it comes to the provision of adequate resources due to the inaccessibility of sufficient funds,” she said.

Bohitile stated that the foundation has continued to increase its commitment towards youth empowerment through education by availing funds and support to numerous government schools, early childhood development (ECD) programmes and other education initiatives to make a substantial difference in communities.

The foundation for the past six months also invested N.dollars 2.7 million in education initiatives across the 14 regions of Namibia.

Receiving the donation, Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Faustina Caley, said there are rural and extremely remote schools, where the delivery of quality education is impeded by challenges such as lack of infrastructure and connectivity.

“Given this reality, many of our learners do not receive equitable quality education as contained in Goal Four of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations post-2015 Education Agenda,” she said.

She added that FirstRand Namibia’s investment will go a long way towards the education and holistic development of the Namibian child.

Also in attendance was First Lady, Monica Geingos, who said education is too important to be left to the government alone and more investment is needed to develop ECD programmes, because that is where a child’s educational foundation starts.

“Investment is important at the bottom. That’s where a strong foundation is laid. Parents must invest in their children’s education,” said Geingos.

Source: Namibian Press News Agency

Malonza added that 24 northern white rhinoceros embryos are now preserved in a laboratory

Kenya on Tuesday began the preservation of the remains of northern white rhinoceros named Sudan, believed to be the world’s oldest and only male northern white rhinoceros, via taxidermy in order to boost wildlife conservation.

Peninah Malonza, cabinet secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage, told journalists in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi that the death of the rhinoceros Sudan in 2018 means that there are only two female northern white rhinoceros left in the world to carry the hope of the species.

‘We will ensure that Sudan’s taxidermy is displayed at a location which will be accessible to Kenyans and the global community and appropriate messages provided to ensure Sudan continues to play his ambassadorial role for the species even in his death,’ Malonza said, denoting that Kenya will continue to partner with a consortium of local and international scientists and conservationists to save the northern white rhinoceros from extinction using novel technologies.

Malonza added that 24 northern white rhinoceros embryos are now preserved in a laboratory waiting for optimization of the embryo transfer technology. Despite the challenges experienced over the years, rhinoceros poaching has been managed and positive growth rates achieved with the national rhinoceros population estimated at 1,890 as of the end of 2022, comprising 966 black, 922 southern white and two northern white rhinoceros.

Source: Namibian Press News Agency