WINDHOEK, May 23 – The Namibian Society of Engineers (NASE) marked its 3rd Annual Engineering Community Service Day this year by holding its main event at Namutuni Primary School in Katutura, Windhoek.
The special service day is a countrywide community-centred drive under the auspices of the society and its social responsibility arm, Engineers Without Borders Namibia (EWB-NA).
The aim of the day is to pool technical resources and expertise to address specific challenges facing communities using engineering skills at no cost.
Secretary-general of NASE, Rachel Amoomo, led a team of engineers, technicians and artisans from around Windhoek, including students and staff of the Windhoek Vocational Training Centre, to assist the school with its immediate infrastructural and aesthetic needs on 30 April this year. The assistance rendered was done with permission from the Ministry of Education as required.
It included installing a shade net between Grades 1 and 3 classrooms; constructing
and painting seating benches for the learners and staff, using readily available
material such as pallets and tyres and fixing and improving tippy taps, cisterns, the school laboratory roof, classroom roofs and ceilings, ablution facilities and gate rails.
While painting jobs included; projector screens on walls; netball field lines and poles;
library wall; soup kitchen benches and burglar door as well as artistic wall drawings of the SADC map, a map of Namibia depicting the 14 regions as well as on the outside wall of the pre-primary classrooms.
After the work was completed, learners were given a series of lessons and demonstrations on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), which included a real-time demonstration of the development, launch and use of drones by the NASE president, Charles Mukwaso.
He said their efforts had brought a new and fresh look to the school, which creates a motivating and friendly learning and working environment for learners and teachers. “Our desire is to see all Namibian schools countrywide benefiting from similar initiatives,” he said, adding the society is committed to deploying its readily and abundantly available technical expertise to improve and uplift the spaces we inhabit and create a better and brighter future for our communities, for generations to come.
“Volunteerism, as one of our core values, transcends the challenges we all face. We, therefore, invite and encourage more people, including organisations and government, to join our next community service drive so that together we can achieve even more,” he said in a recent press statement. – Namibia Daily News
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