MCA-Namibia hands over new school facilities at Outjo

OUTJO: The Millennium Challenge Account (MCA)-Namibia on Thursday handed over several newly-built and renovated classroom blocks at the Jack Francis Primary School in Outjo.

Kunene Regional Governor Joshua Hoebeb received the new buildings on behalf of the Ministry of Education (MoE).

He thanked the MCA-Namibia for renovating the existing classrooms, and for building new facilities at what is the oldest school in the region.

The Jack Francis Primary School was founded in 1948 by the Rhenish Missionary Society as a missionary school.

According to Hoebeb, the new facilities will greatly improve learning and teaching here. “That is good, because the success of our learners is the success of our government,” beamed the Governor.

He furthermore indicated that the future of Namibia entirely depends on the quality of education children receive, as that will equip them with techniques to help them lead the country in future.

The learners were thus urged to understand what they are taught in classrooms, and parents told to support the school in all its needs.

MCA-Namibia’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Operations, Sikongo Haihambo said on his part that the five-year funding agreement between Namibia and the United States of America (USA), known as the Millennium Challenge Compact (MCC), had benefited 47 schools in 10 regions countrywide.

The Jack Francis Primary School was also assisted under the Compact, which comes to an end on 16 September this year.

As part of the renovations, the school’s library and biology and physical science laboratories were likewise equipped, while a new computer laboratory was constructed.

Haihambo said more than N.dollars 15 million was spent on renovating this school. Braille materials for visually-impaired learners were also purchased.

Meanwhile, Outjo Constituency Councillor Abraham Job thanked MCA-Namibia for donating two new vehicles to his Haiom San community.

The organization donated a 24-seater Iveco bus and Toyota double-cab pick-up. These vehicles will be used for tourism activities carried out by associations under the Haiom San community.

Job said a house which will serve as an office for tourism activities at Farm Nuchas in the Outjo Constituency is also being renovated by MCA Namibia.

Several traditional leaders, Outjo local authority councillors and Kunene Regional Education Director Simon Tsuseb were amongst those who attended the event.

SOURCE: NAMPA