EENHANA – A Grade 3 learner, Hatupopi Ndamononghenda, has received the most interesting award at the Oshikunde Secondary School when she was judged the most punctual learner of all learners at the school beating outperforming all fellow learners
Elizabeth Hishiti is Oshikunde Secondary School secondary level best scholar for 2013. Lydia Joel and Lovisa Haimbodi have been judged the best overall learners for the lower primary and upper primary phase at the school in the Oshakafiya Circuit in the Ohangwena Region. Teachers such as Mathew Ndeumane and Elson Shikongo also received awards for their best performance and quality work in their respective subjects while the trophy for the best department went to Mathematics and Science department.
School board member, Toivo Shiweda, received the medal and certificate for the best and most committed board member. According to the Principal of the school and Chairperson of the organising committee, Hoster Simasiku, this has become an annual event on the school calendar where learners are awarded for outstanding performance academically and in extramural activities.
The school awarded certificates of achievement in different categories from Pre-primary to Grade 12. Some teachers, employees and even school board members were also awarded. Simasiku encourages learners to perform better so that Vision 2030 can be realised. “I want you as learners to be more competitive, so that we can bring the school the glory it deserves in the Ohangwena region. This is a reflection of our wishes and aspirations as set out under our national dream of Vision 2030, which seeks to transform our society from the current dispensation to the knowledge based economy era that we envisage,” he says.
Also in attendance at the prize giving ceremony was the Ohakafiya Circuit’s Inspector of Education, Walter Ndakondja, who praised the learners and teachers who were awarded with prizes to work hard for the betterment of their lives since Namibia as a nation is facing many challenges towards achieving Vision 2030. “Education is not without any problems. However, I see challenges such as the HIV and AIDS pandemic, which is wiping our society as the main challenge for the future generation. With every five people that you meet in the street, four of them are infected with the HIV and AIDS and our efforts to educate the nation is doomed to failure,” he explains.
He also make use of this opportunity to advise learners not go for early parenthood, as this causes mostly female learners to drop out of school due to pregnancies.
“Our current statistics in Ohangwena region indicates high pregnancy rate among learners, and parents should also be involved in educating their children. As parents you should get engaged in educating your children,” urges Ndakondja.
Parents and guardians also graced this annual occasion.
By Clemence Tashaya