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Visit to Okashandja Combined School in Oshana Region

By Staff Reporter
Last week Friday 5 November 2010, Dr Andrew Niikondo, Head of Department Public Management at the Polytechnic of Namibia and Zainul Idris Yunus, the Counsellor of the Indonesian Embassy in Namibia travelled to Okashandja Combined School in the Oshana region to donate a computer.

Okashandja Combined School was established by Finish Missionaries in 1937. The school is situated approximately 8km south of Ondangwa. This school has played an important role in the history of Namibiaís education and liberation struggle. Among its icons, the school produced one of the Namibian heroes Peter Enias Nanyemba the late Defence Secretary of the Peopleís Liberation Army of Namibia Plan. In 2008 the school management decided to name its Laboratory to another former PLAN Combatant Dr. Andrew Niikondo who studied up to a doctoral level. On his part Dr. Niikondo solicited support to assist teaching and learning at this school. He approached several embassies and other organisations in Namibia for some assistance.

The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia accepted his request and it generously bought a computer, a printer (photocopier) and miscellaneous items for the school. Mr Yunus and Dr. Andrew Niikondo donated these items to the school on 5 November 2010.

With a staff complement of 16 teachers, the learnerís population of Okahanja Combined School is 460 children and half of them are characterized as orphan and vulnerable children (OVC). Two of these learners: Ruben Shilemba Grade 6 and Amukoto Savelia Grade 5 were identified as gifted children but there was no one to support them. Dr. Niikondo took the responsibility to pay for their school fees and buy them school uniforms and books till they finish with their Grade 10 at that school.

In his motivational speech Dr Niikondo encouraged the learners to study hard in order to become responsible citizens in the future. The donation was received by the School Principal Mr. Festus Mvula.


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