WINDHOEK, Aug. 16 – Students at the College of the Arts (COTA) received electronic devices donated by the Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China His Excellency Xin Shunkang received by Minister of Education Arts and Culture, Honorable Katrina Hans-Himarwa last year.
Second year music student Reginald Gariseb (24) said that their studying environment will definitely benefit from a much more open database, adding that it will also be easier to do research.
“I don’t have to wait to use the computer to do research since we have more computers now compared to the past whereby we had to wait in a queue to use the computers. This means that there are enough computers now in the library that all of us at the campus can use when the need arises to do research,” said the smiling Gariseb.
Another first year student of Visual Arts, Mona Haufiku (20) said: “Oh, it is a relief for us that don’t have personnel computers to use at home. I can now spend my lunch hours doing research and I don’t have to borrow my friends laptop any longer. I am so grateful.”
“I don’t need to wait for my classmates to do research on the computers. I had to wait before but now all will be fast even if we share there are more computers now. Gone are the days of waiting,” said Livonia Uchams (23) a third year student in Office Administration.
The Rector of COTA Mrs, Angelika Schroeder reiterated that the donations came at the right time.
“We are moving towards the period of the final exams and we received the computers at the right time. I thank the Government of Namibia and particularly the Chinese government for the generous donations. We just had the technicians set up the computers and installed,” she said.
2 laptops and 13 computers have been donated the the COTA, while arts centers such as Rehoboth School of Arts, Kalkrand Arts Project, Gobabis, Otjiwarongo Arts Center, Katutura Community Arts Center and After School Arts Center are yet to receive their donations next month. – Jonsey Douglas