Education, National

MTC transforms 1981 barracks to classrooms.

Windhoek, Mar 4 – – Renowned philosopher Lao Tse once said the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step and Mobile Telecommunications (MTC) Namibia is doing just that by prioritising education.

Pupils of Omatako Primary School will soon have classrooms of their own after having spent several years of being taught in dilapidated barracks.

“This school was established in 1981 and post-independence, our children are still taught in dilapidated barracks. This cannot continue and therefore, with a sense of relief, we are glad to
announce that in exactly three months from today, the pupils of Omatako Primary School will be taught
in modern and conducive classrooms.

Moreover, we are inviting the corporate world to partner with us with whatever they can contribute, so that
together we can realise a significant improvement in ensuring that our leaders of tomorrow are not
taught under trees, tents, or in any harsh environments,” said Tim Ekandjo, MTC’s Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer.

In addition, Deputy Director for Corporate Planning in the Ministry of Education, Alex Sikume, commended MTC for taking up the initiative of building new classrooms for the pupils, “we thank MTC for sharing the common vision of the Friends of Education Initiative, and would like to assure them that the component of maintenance of these facilities will be ensured by the Ministry. However, the Ministry has a big challenge, especially with remote schools. We are currently in need of four thousand classrooms countrywide, hence, we call upon all potential partners to join and fight for the Namibian child.”

MTC has already availed N$1 277 000. 00 which will see to the construction of the classrooms. Last year, Mobie Telecommunications company constructed eight classrooms at Okondaune Primary School in Opuwo and Sizongoro Combined School in Rundu at the tune of N$ 1.6 million.

Robert Maseka