Parents of some unprivileged learners at Swakopmund will not have to worry about getting new school uniforms for their children next month when the first school term for 2016 begins after Swakop Uranium Foundation donated uniforms to 80 primary school children.
The school uniforms, which consist of trousers, shirts and jerseys are for learners from the Vrede Rede and Festus !Gonteb primary schools. They were purchased for N$20 000 as part of the company’s social responsibility programme and its Back to School campaign. The Swakopmund Town Council contributed N$5 000 to the campaign as a gesture of partnership.
Handing over the donation the Swakop Uranium director of business support Yang Gang said: “It has come to our attention that there are a significant number of underprivileged children in Swakopmund whose parents often struggle to provide them with basic school essentials such as school uniforms. When the basic needs of a child are met the child learns better without feeling uncomfortable or out of place.”
Yang said the primary concern of learners should be to study and pass their examinations so that they can have a better life when they are adults.
“Following consultations with officials from the Swakopmund Municipality, the Swakop Uranium Foundation decided to launch a Back to School campaign to address these needs,” he said.
The municipality identified the most needy schools as Vrede Rede and Festus !Gonteb primary schools and met with the school principals to identify pupils who need uniform assistance the most.
“Some of the pupils are here today and I hope that they will start 2016 in their new gear with a more positive outlook on their future,” said Yang.
This donation falls under the pillar of Education and Childhood Development, he said.
At the event, Special Advisor to the Erongo Regional Governor, Adelheid Kandjala, on behalf of Governor Cleophas Mutjivikua said the office of the Erongo regional governor is committed to the upliftment of the people of the region and especially the provision of education, which is the first step to success.
“Through focused efforts, we resolve to support the education sector in setting high standards and maintaining education excellence,” she said.
Speaking at the same occasion, the new Swakopmund mayor Nehemia Salomon said the council warmheartedly embraced the partnership and is pleased to put a smile on the face of the learners of the two identified primary schools.