By Anna Ingwafa
Windhoek High School learners through their “Care to Share” project donated food items and clothing to learners at the most flood affected schools in Oshana region recently.
A total number of 688 learners from Enguwatale, Oshihenge Combined School and Endombo and Omulunga primary schools benefited from the donation.
Educational planner in Oshana Region Paulinus Enkono at the official handover of the items noted that the donation is the first of its kind, coming from learners to the affected learners.
“This is indeed a commendable effort by learners who through this donation have demonstrated their care for others. The spirit of caring and volunteerism is thus inculcated in the learners while still at a young age. We have no doubt that they are likely to repeat this when they are adults. The same spirit is also rekindled in the beneficiary learners,” said Enkono.
He mentioned that the food items were a big relief to the affected learners who have been camping at schools and now they can concentrate on their studies without having to worry about where to get food.
In total the schools received 94 boxes: Enguwatale Combined received 28, Oshihenge Combined 36 boxes, Endombo Primary 17 boxes and Omulunga Primary received 13 boxes.
Donated items consist of maize meal, candles, sugar and canned food, among others.
On behalf of the beneficiary schools, Enkono expressed his gratitude to Windhoek High School learners for their compassion and care for others.
“I would also like to record our thanks to Frans van Sittart, the principal of Windhoek High School, his management team and entire staff as well as all those who contributed to this worthy cause to make Care to Share a resounding success.”
Learners at these schools are camping in their school premises using classrooms as bedrooms during the night and classrooms during the day. Some left their houses and get accommodation at nearby schoolhouses and the situation becomes very unbearable to some, according to Enkono.
So far most of the affected schools have been re-opened since the water subsided and most of the learners are expected to attend their normal classes from after the holidays.
Enguwatale Combined School Principal Joel Katshinasha encouraged other learners to emulate the example of Windhoek High School learners.