AfDB aids Namibian government to address education problems

WINDHOEK, March 9  — The African Development Bank (AfDB) has provided a financial support worth 1 billion Namibian dollars (69 million U.S. dollars) to the Namibian government for the country’s education sector, according to the AfDB.
The loan will finance the Education and Training Quality Improvement Project brought out by Namibia’s Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture to raise the quality of educational provision and eliminate inequalities in the country, the AfDB said.
A total of 17 schools, one national library, three vocational training centers and one veterinary facility at tertiary level will be built under the project.
The Namibian government is contributing additional 400 million Namibian dollars (28 million U.S. dollars) to co-fund the project.
The five-year project seeks to alleviate infrastructure constraints in the country, Namibia’s Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa said Friday.
Namibia is challenged with a huge backlog of new infrastructure needs in addition to a growing need for renovation and upgrading of existing but aging infrastructure, Hanse-Himarwa said.
“It (the project) thus supports the development of the basic education and Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) infrastructure in all 14 regions, as well as the strengthening of basic and TVET education systems in the country through institutional capacity building,” she said.
This financial support followed a 4-billion-Namibian dollar (278-million-U.S. dollar) loan agreement signed between the bank and Namibia’s Ministry of Finance, which took effect in March 2018. – XINHUA